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what should i do when psychological disorders changes a loved one?

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Dr. Marc Katz
Dr. Marc Katz answered
21 years experience Clinical Psychology
Be supportive: Attempt to be supportive and, more importantly, assist the loved one to get some professional help. Most individuals who suffer from some sort of "psychological disorder" return to their old self once the underlying issue is treated. If this is a member of a family, it may be a systemic problem within the family and thus, family therapy would be indicated.
Answered on Mar 18, 2017
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Dr. Jerry Smith
Dr. Jerry Smith commented
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
An additional option is to seek your own counseling/consultation with a psychologist to address your own unresolved emotions and learn skills to help yourself and your loved one.
Oct 15, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
I agree with both Dr. Katz & Dr. Jacobson. What you have described can be very difficult so please take good care of yourself. Learn as much as you can about your loved one's disorder. Take time for yourself.
Aug 7, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
39 years experience Psychiatry
In more severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or dementia it is not uncommon to experience grief over the loss of who the person once was. You may see their hopes and dreams limited and their personalities deteriorate. Support. From a NAMI group can be very helpful as can educating yourself about the nature of their illness. Many books and web sites are available that address the issu
Aug 7, 2013

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