Positive mental health is a great way to ensure you lead a long, happy and healthy life. As we move into adulthood, we unfortunately buy into the notion that responsible and productive people must be “serious.” As we make the biggest mistake of our lives and relegate our humor nature and fun to recreational activities (if we experience fun at all), we doom ourselves to all the symptoms of the corresponding seriousness that fills the void – declining health, rising stress, increased pain, lessened energy, impaired creativity, and more.
A severe mental illness is likely to relate to those symptoms where a patient completely loses touch with reality and starts to feel unrealistically powerful, has irrational or unusual views, or starts seeing or hearing things that aren’t actually there.
The actual questions to get answers to would be if there is a plan in place to commit the act and if there is access to the necessary tools to complete it. We all say that we want “to kill” someone at some time or another, but not everyone who says it will actually spend time thinking up a plan and gathering up the tools to do so. This person is an imminent danger to others and requires immediate hospitalization to prevent harm to their target.
You will not “make them act” by discussing the issue, but sometimes the underlying problem requires more than an offer of a shoulder to lean on and an ear to talk to. Someone who is seriously suicidal needs immediate hospitalization for their safety and the safety of others.
“Psychotherapy (talk therapy) can be very helpful for this,” says Dr. Charles Mayweather, a social worker in Washington, D.C. People may need extra help coping with unhealthy relationships or harmful lifestyles choices that contribute to your illness.