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Kathleen Moore

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What do you think it is that moves a person from trying to use personal coping skills towards being willing to seek outside support?

For many who experience difficulties with mental health, support is often sought/provided when he/she reaches their 'rock bottom'. For others, their willingness to seek support begins prior to this point, and for a variety of reasons. What is it that enables someone to admit their difficulties and seek support? Is it an emotion? An experience?

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    Nov 14 2012: I think it is difficult to recognise, let alone admit to, mental health problems in isolation. Often it's the isolation that is the cause of it in the first place. Rock bottom is the crisis state that occurs in desperation. Many people will only seek outside support only when (or after) that state is reached.

    The recognition of the prelude to that desperate state is more often spotted by someone loved and trusted, or someone professionally involved in mental health - very rarely by the person doing the suffering. The cognitions/perceptions/self-esteem of person doing the suffering is rendered irrational and self-destructive by the condition itself. This is why it is essential for sufferers to surround themselves with empathic human contact of some sort in order to gently facilitate that recognition. Acceptance of self can only take place after that recognition.

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