When Your Peers Do Not Understand Your Fears And Addiction Issues

When Your Peers Do Not Understand Your Fears And Addiction Issues

When fears and addiction issues become known – especially to your peers and family – the compounding fears can be crippling. To help you cope with this or if you are the family member wondering what to do about it, please find the following guest post by Stanley Popovich. Stanley is the author of A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods, which has become very popular with over 300 positive book reviews (and counting). To learn more about his work and read the many book reviews of his popular book, please visit Stan’s website, ManagingFear.com.

When Your Peers Do Not Understand Your Fears and Addiction Issues by Stanley Popovich

You struggle with fears and addiction issues and eventually your relatives and closest friends find out. The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through. Here are six ways to deal with this situation.

Author Stan Popovich shares his thoughts on how to deal with your friends about a mental health condition.

Author Stanley Popovich shares his thoughts on how to deal with your peers who do not understand your fears and addiction issues.

Listen To The Professionals And Not Your Friends

Your friends may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals know your situation more than anyone. They know what you are going through and are trained to deal with your situation. Your friends do not have the answers to your medical condition. When you have questions about your mental health situation consult with your counselor or other mental health professional. Listen to them and follow their advice and not your friends.

Your Goal Is To Get Better

Your goal is to get better, period. Don’t waste your time arguing with your friends or relatives who are giving you a difficult time. This isn’t a public relations event where you need to get everyone’s approval. This is your life and you’re the one suffering. Your main focus is for you to get better. This is the number one thing.

Tell Your Friends To Learn About Your Condition

Tell your friends and relatives that the best way for them to help you is to learn about your condition. They could talk to a counselor, they could do family therapy, they could read some good books or join you at a support group to learn about your condition. They won’t know exactly the pain your suffering but they will have some idea of what you are going through. If some of your friends won’t do this, then stay away from them. They will only make things worse.

Distance Yourself From People Who Give You A Hard Time

This may seem cruel but if some of your friends or relatives are hindering your progress in getting better, then kindly tell them to follow step Three or else tell them to stay away and go bother someone else. Distance yourself from those people who won’t make an effort to help understand what you are going through. You need to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Again, if you have problems or issues with a particular person, you can always ask your counselor for advice on how to deal with them.

Take Advantage of the Help that is Available Around You

If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.

Remember Your Goal Is To Get Better

Treat your mental health issues as a medical condition. If you have a medical condition, you go see a doctor to help treat it. Same thing applies to your mental health issues. Go see a professional and focus on getting better. Don’t try to get everyone’s approval.

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One Response to When Your Peers Do Not Understand Your Fears And Addiction Issues

  1. Paige Hawin says:

    A great post Stanley, with some quite hard-hitting but helpful tips. I think in a lot of cases, loved ones aren’t supportive simply because they do not understand the problem. Their lack of understanding can be frustrating both to themselves and the addict. It is a case of getting them to research and learn about the condition. What your loved ones say can be quite hurtful and distracting but I completely agree that it is more important to listen to the professionals. They are there to provide you with support as well as to help you recover. Hopefully when others see how hard you are trying to get better, they will understand and become a support system.

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