How do you Convince Someone that Needs Help, to Get it?

How Do You Convince Someone That Needs Help, To Get It?


How Do You Convince Someone That Needs Help, To Get It?

In the past week I have binged your podcast! Now that I've gotten the compliments out of the way. My sons 18 year old girlfriend was diagnosed a few years ago with depression and anxiety. She hasn't been taking any prescription medications for her condition for well over a year now, Over the past month, her depressive symptoms have been bad. My son has strongly suggested that she go sees professional help again, but she seems to be shrugging it off. I have also talked to her about getting help, because I have have suffered with the same condition for years. All of this being said, how do you convince someone who needs help to get it?

Environmental Clues
What happened in the last month to make this happen?

Psychologists think environmental factors are awesome! Obviously not for the person suffering from the illness, but for the therapists, being able to see what triggers the person is helpful in diagnosis and treatment.

What flavor of depression do you have?

What are her depressive symptoms? Because they range quite a bit, All the way from mild social withdrawal, laying in bed a little bit more, binge eating not eating, or eve3n worse: engaging in self-harm behavior or attempting/threatening suicide? Gaining weight, losing weight?

We are advocates of prescriptions as a last resort.

Not to say that there aren't people out there that need certain medications to cope with severe mental disorders. But the tendency to take medications like Wellbutrin and other anti-depressants the moment you feel sad is running rampant these days. It is encouraging to hear that the 18 year old has only had issues in the past month. I would resist the temptation to jump back on medication if she has been off of it for a more than a year, successfully. Try to look at what environmental trigger was present in her life at that time, about a month ago.

We actually believe that certain psychotropics can cause brain damage over a long period of time. Justin Krause cleverly makes the analogy on air that Medications are not surgical, the pill you take doesn't affect just that specifically desperate area of your brain specific to your illness. No, it works like chemotherapy, attacking it all like a battlefield. And the side effects are not scarce.

For Depression and Anxiety, we suggest: 

Exercise, Meditation, Mindfulness, engaging in thing you like, interacting with people. The best cure for depression is activity. Engage, do things.

  — Corey Stewart, @corstew91

—Corey Stewart, @corstew91 on twitter