Personality changes and erratic or difficult behaviors are part of the painful reality that is mental illness. The most important thing to remember and hold on to even during the toughest episodes is that they are not “mad” and that they are not “bad” people either. They are simply victims of a vicious condition which is out of their control. Their brain trying to function as much as possible through the degeneration, is what throws off these symptoms. Here are a few pointers on how you could possibly tackle these situations.
Get medical assistance
Whilst you might be tempted to provide quality Abu Dhabi home care for your loved one suffering with a mental disease, you might find that at times, you have bitten off a bit more than you can chew. The reason is that we are not all medical experts who have had the chance to study these conditions and the treatments at length. Therefore, if you feel that there are difficult behaviours which keep showing up, consult a medical expert. It is also possible that sudden behavioural changes are seen at the onset of a condition and with fast and effective treatment, your loved one could have a chance of recovering at least slightly.
Behaviour changes mean something and have triggers
Individuals suffering from a debilitating mental condition may not always be able to tell us what they need exactly. Sometimes actions that look erratic and troubling to us may be their way of staying busy. For example, if an individual starts pulling out all the clothes in their closet without reason, it is highly likely that they are trying to keep busy and feel useful. It is just how their ailing brain translates it. Therefore, rather than saying “no” outright, try to support them and understand them. On the other hand, difficult behavior can also be easily triggered. This means that the particular episode is occurring because of a valid reason. It could be the surroundings or a person or even a word. Nobody knows how their brain reads things, so if you encounter troubling behavior consistently try changing the environment, try not to let too many people come into contact with them and remain calm. Helping them stay active and doing a bit of home physiotherapy Dubai daily will actually help the individual be healthy, mobile and also help them feel like they are making positive progress.
You cannot control the disease
In times of dire distress, remind yourself that neither you nor the person afflicted has any control over the disease that is the root cause of all the turmoil. Your attempts to give them the best care will most likely be thwarted and go unappreciated. Remain strong and compassionate. Take care of yourself too; you have to be healthy to look after your loved one. Implement flexibility into your mechanism of dealing with troubling behaviours because you will have to change them constantly. What made them feel better today will not work the next day most of the time.
It is ok to ask for help
No matter how bad it gets, know that you are not alone. There are thousands of people out there battling the same disease or situation. Reach out to support groups that can lend you a hand emotionally, spiritually or in any other way. Understand and educate yourself on the nature of the disease and ask for help without hesitation.