Human compassion is one of the most soul-affirming and beautiful of things and, when it comes to our loved ones, it’s a no-brainer to seek medical help for those around us who are displaying signs that they need professional care. In order to maximize your ability to help those around you though, it’s best to know the symptoms of certain ailments, and the ways in which they can be treated. Below are some of the things you should look out for so that you’re best equipped to lend your help to loved ones when it’s required.
Depression and Anxiety
These psychological illnesses can take a hold of anyone, and can be far more difficult to spot than physical health problems. Often, though, low moods and a decline in one’s mental health can follow a significant life trauma, such as losing a loved one, losing a job, or in other ways being destabilized from one’s emotional and psychological core. Be vigilant with those around you and create safe spaces for your loved ones to talk about their mental health, recommending them to services and doctors should they suggest they’re in need of help.
Where we draw the line between ‘just having fun’ and drug use becoming a serious problem is possibly something unique to our circumstances and lifestyle, but on the whole it is clear when someone is abusing a drug - be that alcohol or hard narcotics. Interventions can go some of the way to helping a loved one, although putting them in touch with rehab facilities in your area is the most loving and understanding thing you can do. Support them through the whole process, understanding that addiction is an illness, and not an indulgence.
Your family’s elders can often come across as stubborn, proud and blasé when it comes to their own health. For them, accepting that they’re in a state of mental or physical decline can be too damaging to their dignity to come to terms with. That’s why family members are important, pushing them gently towards doctors appointments, assisted living compromises, or other such measures to ensure they’re getting the appropriate treatment, whether they’re becoming less able to climb the stairs or less able to remember things. It’s a difficult process, but with compassion and patience they’ll know you’re operating out of love.
One shouldn’t forget pets when listing the ailments and treatments to issue loved ones: most pet owners happily consider their pets to be part of the family. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster or tarantula, it’s part of the owner’s responsibility to know common illnesses, their symptoms, and their treatments. For instance, knowing how to recognize parvo symptoms in dogs will fast-track you to their treatment so that they don’t suffer pain, illness or even death through common viral infections. Ensure pets are fed regularly and have the recommended vaccinations, and keep an eye on their behavior should it become erratic.
Caring for loved ones is a privilege, not a chore, and this article will help you go the extra mile to show your love and keep those closest to you in good health.