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Kerulis has plenty of tips for broaching the subject of mental health. They will happily let you lean on them, which is something all of us can use at any point in our mental health journeys. If too think this is frieend case, talk calmly to your friend and look for ways to help them think about why they're using drugs and ways they can manage without them. Focusing the attention on the other person in those moments can help us get past those awkward spots, she says.

Most people only develop an addiction or psychological dependence after regularly taking a drug. Anybody with a family history of mental health issues should be especially careful when taking drugs as they may be more at risk themselves. Let them in. Drugs can be a hard subject to discuss, especially if you think your friend or relative has a problem.

Kerulis recommends. By the way, I have clinical depression.

Sometimes people get more spots and colds too. Research shows the opposite, however, that people nearly always are willing to fridnd in a conversation when prompted by someone else.

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Mental health effects Drug use can lead to people feeling unusually emotional with mood swings. As an expert in both mental health and relationships, Dr. If your friend is caught with drugs at school or university they might get into trouble there too. People take drugs for lots of reasons.

Be curious Ask questions. Just give them some space and try again in a little while.

What should I do? Why do people do drugs? Anyway, how was your week? To socialise Some people take drugs occasionally to have fun, socialise and relax. Frienc people who are fit and healthy go died from a heart attack after taking drugs because of the toxic effects drugs can put on the body. Sometimes there can be serious mental health problems such as panic attacks and depression. Our fear assumptions fail to take into the social norms of politeness, Schroeder says.

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Research actually suggests that people who ask more questions are better liked by their conversation partners than people who ask fewer questions. Related links. Give someone a compliment It shifts the focus to the other person and should make them feel good, Sandstrom explains. Michele Kerulis over about how to approach conversations about your mental health with your friends.

To experiment Some people ho just curious. However, fried that support system can not only help in your mental health journey, it can strengthen the bond with the friends you choose to confide in. Kerulis says. By Mia Mercado May 10, Trying to understand your own mental health can be difficult in and of itself, let alone figuring out how to talk to your friends about mental health.

How to talk to your friend about their drug use Drugs can be a hard subject to discuss, especially if you think your friend has a problem. Bonding over therapy stories and antidepressant doses with my friends is one ti the most cathartic parts of lunchtime catch-ups for me. Kerulis is a professor for Counseling NorthwesternNorthwestern University's online masters in counseling program.

falk If necessary, suggest that they look for professional help. If someone starts using drugs regularly, the harms can begin to build up resulting in long term health problems, such as liver, kidney and nerve damage.

And if you have any drugs left, hand them over to the medics as it may help them understand the problem. Tal people and places who are already having the conversations you want to have can provide a natural bridge for those conversations in your own friendships. A question can either kick off a conversation or ro it going, Sandstrom says.

Going into a conversation on mental health completely cold is never easy.

If your friend is caught with drugs, they might get into trouble. You might try to help your friend, you might decide to put up with it and not say much, or you might decide to step back and not offer much support.

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Physical health effects Taking drugs can make users feel tired and run down. You get better at asking better questions, and falk with more interesting responses. Try to stay open-minded and remember that, with the right help and support, most people overcome their use before any serious harm is caused.

Will my friend get into trouble? I spoke with Dr.

My friend took drugs once, will they become an addict? How can I stop my friend taking lots of drugs? Also, even if you do offer support, they might not change their behaviour. Getting caught with drugs in school or uni can lead to suspension or expulsion, and to the police getting involved. She researches how people navigate their social worldsincluding how language and mental capacity influences interactions.

Having a better idea of frirnd your friend takes drugs will help you when freind talk to them. They might get a warning, an arrest, a formal caution or a conviction.