We all care deeply about our friends and family, and want them to be happy and healthy. That is why it is completely normal to be worried about someone we care about if we feel like they are acting differently. They might just be having a bad day, or they might have an underlying problem that you don’t know about. Here are four reasons that your friends or family may need your help, and how you can help deal with them.
Sadly, many people can suffer from depression. It can be caused by many different things. Your friend or family member may be suffering from depression if they often appear in a low mood. Here are the signs you should look out for. With depression it is very important to seek medical advice, so encourage them to book a doctor’s appointment. A doctor will be able to tell them if it is depression, and provide them with the right medication to help them overcome it.
The person you are worried about might be having to deal with a lot at the moment, whether that be in the workplace or at home or both. If they have too much on their plate, then they may be trying to cope whilst stressed. Many people get stressed at some point in their life, but it is still important to tackle it and make sure your loved one is okay. Let them know you are there to talk to if they need to off-load, as well as lend a hand where you can.
Your friend or family member may have an underlying illness that you aren’t aware of. Or, they could be worried about their health. If this is the case, urge them to see a doctor, and offer to go with them for moral support if they are nervous. If they have been ill in the past, they might be having difficulty in recovering. Recommend rehabilitation to them, as this could help them immensely on their road to recovery. Ultimately, helping them to feel better.
The person you are concerned about might have an addiction. This might be causing problems for them. Whether that be health problems, money problems, or relationship issues. For example, they might be suffering from alcohol addiction. You can read my post on why alcohol is dangerous for you here. Depending on the addiction, there will be different steps you will need to take to help your friend out. You should seek expert advice before you do anything. If you can help them to understand that they have a problem that they need help fixing, you will be on the right track already.
Letting your friend or family member know that you are concerned and that you are there for them is sure to make them feel better. If they are feeling down for any of these reasons, make sure that they get the appropriate help that they need. And continue being the supportive person you are!