You should be commended for accepting the huge responsibility to care for a loved one with a mental illness. Undoubtedly, it is not an easy task. It must involve a lot of patience, understanding, and dedication.
But how sure are you that you are doing the right things? Do you think that you are effective caregiver? To care for a loved one with mental illness may include a lot of thing to do. It goes beyond making sure that basic needs are provided and medications given on time. One way that you be an effective caregiver is to set your goals. It will be of great help as you will be guided and motivated to perform all tasks that may help your loved one to get better.
Here are some tips that will help you become a more effective caregiver to your mentally ill loved one.
Educate Yourself More About Mental Health
Mental health can be a big topic to fully understand. Nevertheless, you can concentrate on the particular type of mental illness your loved is going through. Always consult the attending doctor about matters you come to experience. Research but be sure you are checking on reliable sites. You can also seek out for caregivers who are caring a loved one with the same mental illness as yours. You will not only learn about new things but also you are drawing some kind of support community.
Strive Hard to Gain the Trust of Your Loved One
Being a family may not always mean you are a friend. Many of those affected with mental illness do not confide their problems. This will make their situations worse as they will not get the necessary advice. Try to get the trust of your loved one. Be a friend by showing you that you truly care. If you are consistent, you will surely get him talking to you.
Be Cautious With Your Questions
If you think you finally got the trust of your loved one, be extra careful with your line of questioning. Mental illness patients can be so sensitive that they will be easily offended. If this happens, you can be breaking his trust on you. You may have to go back to step 1.
Try as much as possible to go deep to uncover the root cause of the mental illness. For sure, with the information you got from the attending doctor, websites, and other caregivers, you will be saying the right things. Lend your ears and be try as much as possible to be compassionate at all times
Reconnect Your Loved One With the World
While you will always be there for your loved one, it may not be enough. Little by little, try to bring back the social life your loved one once had. You can ask if your loved one wants someone to visit him. You should also know who makes him uncomfortable. Always strive to have someone around who shares the same compassion as you. Other family members may also help.