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    Mental Health: 3 Ways To Know When When Someone Is Silently Suffering

    Young black mother taking care of her depressed little daughter at home.
    Young black mother taking care of her depressed little daughter at home.

    Mental distress is more common now than ever with COVID-19 still ravishing the world almost three years later. Mental health awareness is trending; however, think about those who had extreme anxiety before the pandemic? Before COVID, society ignored mental health issues of sufferers, referring to them as attention seekers. Mental health is a worldwide stigma, simply due to the lack of knowledge about the subject. It is not uncommon for one to not express signs of mental health disparities existing in a society where acceptance is low. Being cognitive and discerning of a broken mind takes empathy and education, so let’s tap into ways to help.

    Knowing When Something Is Wrong

    1. Worry and anxiety. Anxiety is a little devil that rides the shoulders of its sufferers, constantly feeding them with falsehoods. This can cause certain behavior in an individual who is experiencing anxiety. According to John Hopkins Medicine, noticing anxious behaviors can include someone constantly second guessing. Signs can also include someone always seeking reassurance, compulsive actions and the avoiding of certain fears or events.

    What should you do? Be transparent and assuring. Never leave a blind spot. People with anxiety need constant reassurance. Be a good communicator and always be willing to listen.

    2. Overuse of substances.  Know a friend or loved one who always needs a drink? This is a tale-tell sign of possible mental distress.

    What should you do? Don’t be an enabler. We all know that being an enabler can be easy to do without noticing. If you suspect someone is drinking a little too much all the time, consider suggesting different means of having fun. Instead of meeting up for drinks, plan a sober trip to the golf course or a day at the mall.

    3. Avoiding friends and social activities. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, distance is a common sign from someone who may be suffering from mental distress. If your friend never wants to come to a function, it’s not personal. It’s probably anxiety.

    What should you do? Be understanding. Take the good time to go to meet them at their place where they feel most comfortable.

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