HELPING A TROUBLED LOVED ONE [ MENTAL HEALTH]
If you are having difficulties helping someone who is upset , ask yourself the following questions:
1- Is this person really asking for my help?
2- Is it appropriate to help him or her ?
3- Is this person asking me to help solve problems, or is he or she simply asking me to be a good listener and to provide emotional support?
The first quest may make you aware that you are trying to help someone who hasn’t really asked for help. This may be due to an irrational attitude I call the ” help addiction.” You may feel it is always your duty to help friends and loved ones find solutions to their problems. You try to help even when help hasn’t been asked for. As a result , you may appear intrusive and controlling .
If you decide that you do want to help someone , the…
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