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Tips In Dealing With A Mentally Ill Person


Dealing with someone who has a mental health issue or condition is not an easy thing to do, especially If you have no experience in this area. As such, it is entirely normal to feel fear and intimidation whenever you come face to face with the said individual. At the same time, there is also a tendency that you would feel helpless since you have no idea on how to assist or support the said person. The situation becomes more problematic if the other individual is a family member of yours.


For these reasons, it is ideal if you will make an effort to learn the basic tips and tricks to note or remember when it comes to connecting with the said persons. At this point, there is a great necessity to emphasize this need because one wrong move can already give rise to several adverse effects. Below are some of the strategies that you need to familiarize:

Know The Condition

The first thing that you must do is to study the mental condition of the other person. Never make any assumption about his illness because you might be wrong. Keep in mind that such an issue is of a sensitive nature, which means that you must be careful with any information that will come across your way. Another benefit of researching about the illness is that it can give you a more profound and full understanding of the mental condition. If this continues to happen, you can already be considered as an expert.

Ask Around

Do you know someone who is suffering from a mental illness that has already recovered? Are you friends with someone who has the same experience as you? If yes, feel free to get in touch with the said individuals as they can help you understand the potential issues. Talking to someone who has experienced what you are currently going through will ease the burden that you are feeling. Conversations with them can give you better ideas on how to be right in dealing with a mentally ill person – may it be a loved one, a work colleague or a family friend.

 Stop Acting Weird

Remind yourself that just because someone has a mental problem or psychological issue does that automatically make such person unbearable to be around. At the same time, understand the reality that a person with a mental health condition may be stubborn at times, but it is not sufficient to act weird whenever he is around. The right and ideal thing to do is to act normal so that he will not feel that he is different from the rest. When you continue to treat him differently from others, he will feel rejection. In the long run, it can lead to serious problems that can lead to an awkward friendship or relationship.


Talk To One Another

Let the other person feel that you value his presence in your life. Find a way to make him think that you are always willing to listen to what he has to say. If possible, cancel your appointments to spend time with him. However, such action is only ideal if the conversation that you will have is of grave matter. However, if you will only have small talks, it is suggested to do it over the weekend wherein both of you can be free from your obligations at work or your business.

Be More Understanding

As already mentioned above, it can be challenging to be around someone who has a mental health problem. The symptoms of his mental illness can cause turmoil in your relationship with one another. Even if this happens, the right thing to do is to increase your level of patience and understanding. You have to understand the fact that the other person does not always act based on his own voluntary choices. Unfortunately, his sickness can make him do things, which he does not intend to do.

Watch Your Words

Another thing to remember and keep in mind is that you must be sensitive enough to filter or choose the words that come out of your mouth whenever you are having conversations with the said person. As already emphasized in the earlier part of this article, the other individual is quite unstable. He can be sensitive, which can lead to aggression or emotional breakdown. The ideal or smart thing to do is to think twice before speaking. If you are not sure about a particular language or word, it is best if you will just keep your mouth shut.


There is a great significance to remember the strategies mentioned above to ensure that you will not have a hard time dealing with a mentally ill person. These tips may also come in handy if you are fond of traveling to different places and exploring different kinds of cultures. If you believe that the other person’s condition has worsened during your interaction, make sure to call a therapist or psychiatrist ahead of time.



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Mental Illness Across Different Cultures




According to the WHO (World Health Organization), health is a state of being physically, socially and mentally well, and not simply the absence of disease. Mental health is a vital aspect of this definition. As per their research, there are 450 million people all over the world who are suffering from some kind of behavioral, neurological, or mental problem. But how does one’s cultural view affect these people and how do these impact a person’s current mental state in terms of his access to mental health services?


Different Cultural Views

Different cultures have different views on the topic of mental illness, but historically the western and a number of other cultures view mental illness in a spiritual context. Some people believe that a mentally ill person has been possessed by an evil spirit, and still, others say that the person is cursed or under the spell of a witch.

However, most cultures agree that having a mental disorder conveys a certain stigma and brings shame to the mentally ill and to his family as well. And decades ago, a person with a mental illness was imprisoned and was not allowed to make contact with the rest of the people in his community. Often, he would even lose his chances of marrying or having children.

In the old western part of the world, on the other hand, mental illness is frequently associated with killers, criminals, and rapists, rendering a discriminatory image of the sufferer as violent, deranged, and aggressive.




Vietnamese culture considers mental illness as a type of punishment for the sufferer, as they believe in karma and that the mentally ill may have committed a crime in his past life. Its culture is more or less the same as the Chinese culture, wherein a mental disorder is perceived as someone who is possessed by a demon because he or his family has done something unpleasant in the past.

Being predisposed to these views, family members of the individual with mental illness may hesitate to seek help from others. In fact, in most rural areas, the mentally ill and his family avoid contact with other family members, friends, and medical professionals.

In Asia, although beliefs vary, the stigma of mental illness remains the same. The sufferer is condemned and not exposed to the public. This is the case in Japan, although they see mental illness as a particular weakness of a person rather than a condition. In India, it was considered as an act of the demon in the 17th century, but now it is considered to be a behavior that is deviant and unacceptable, therefore the result is the same: the sufferer is prevented from talking to the public and is placed in an asylum, with the killers and rapists.


Mental Illness Is To Be Understood, Not Judged



Undoubtedly, because of these beliefs associated with mental illness, people who are mentally ill do not have complete access to mental health services, and these sufferers have found refuge in traditional ways such as meditation, massage, and yoga.

But if people educate themselves and read more about clinical studies and research concerning how to alleviate mental and emotional problems, then we will see it differently. We will be able to look at the mentally ill with compassion, empathy, and understanding. We will surely open more opportunities for them to be treated formally, providing a better therapeutic outcome.





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People Who Made A Mark In History





Out of about 7.7 billion people today, only a few will leave their mark. Just a few names are still heard and mentioned up to this date. These people have either done extraordinary things, discoveries, or inventions or done the unfathomable like mass slaughter or the start of a war. Who are the people who left a mark in human history, and what were their contributions?


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