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Your mental well-being affects your family

The people that you spend time with, especially those who are in your family, greatly influence who you are. They frequently have a significant impact on your personality, mental health, beliefs, and values, which may be good or bad. Everyone's family ties are important and can result in a broad range of feelings and experiences. 


The effects your family is making on you are frequently extremely obvious, like in cases of abuse or loving parental relationships. This effect is sometimes difficult to identify, as in the case of toxic relationships or emotionally distant family members. Minor family conflicts are nearly always unavoidable, but if they continue for an extended length of time, they start to harm mental health.


The field of mental health is one of the most important areas of our children's life where we, as parents, can support their success. Our emotional, interpersonal, physical, and spiritual well-being are all interconnected with our mental health. Each of them influences the others significantly. Our children's mental health may become off the balance if one is. As a result, we must strive to maintain a healthy balance between each of these aspects of our children's life.


Positive and negative impact:


A person with mental health problems or disorders may respond better to treatment when family ties are secure and encouraging. Having company, emotional support, and frequently even financial support may help someone struggling with a mental health issue.


While some persons with mental health problems may need strong familial support, everyone else may only need assistance getting to therapy or the regular company that most people need in difficult times.


Negative family ties may lead to stress, have an influence on mental health, and even manifest physically, according to a growing body of studies. According to research, unsupportive families can harm a person's mental well-being and/or make a mental disease worse.


Family members frequently provide the majority of the treatment that people with mental illnesses need, so when they refuse to offer their assistance, the healing process may suffer.


Mental illness and relationships:


Many relationships include ups and downs, but when one or both partners are dealing with mental health issues, it may make things more difficult. Living with a mental disease daily or having a spouse with a mental illness may have varied effects on your relationship. While disagreements are inevitable in every relationship, if you and your spouse are fighting more frequently than usual, it may be helpful for both of you to seek assistance and advice via counselling or other related support services, such as courses. Violence is never appropriate in a relationship.


Couples breaking up is usually sad and stressful, however, when one or both of the individuals in the relationship have a mental condition, it may prove to be even more unpleasant.


Making sure you are taking care of yourself is the greatest place to start if you are worried about your mental health while going through a breakup. It is important to consider if you are consuming nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water. Try to work out every day, even if it's only a short stroll. Discuss your concerns with dependable family members and acquaintances.


Mental abuse:


Abuse in the parent-child relationship, whether verbal, physical or both, can lead to significant mental health issues that need lifetime care. Child victims of psychological abuse might suffer serious consequences. Young kids might become very uncomfortable in their family and environment if they are made to feel unwelcome, their ideas are consistently rejected, they are teased or bullied, they are given negative feedback, they are yelled at, or they are treated with hostility. 


The mental health and self-esteem of children are particularly negatively impacted by this. When exposed to an atmosphere where their parents are constantly telling them they are unlovable or unworthy, young kids will start to feel terrified.


Threatening or frightening children into doing anything might make them afraid to refuse requests from others, including strangers. Particularly in parent-child relationships, psychological and emotional abuse is frequently difficult to recognise and is not always readily apparent. However, as the youngster gets older and into adulthood, the effects are lasting and persistent.

Dr Kumar Vijay Anand
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