Dealing with unusual thoughts and behaviours
- Unusual thoughts and behaviour are often two of the hardest aspects of mental illness for many friends, families and carers to understand, accept and cope with.
- Common problems you may encounter include unusual or paranoid beliefs, hearing voices, problems with thinking and speech, loss of motivation, withdrawing from other people, aggression, risky behaviour or becoming over-dependent
- The following pages deal with each of these behaviours and attempts to explain them, how you can cope with them and how you can help a person with a mental illness to cope with them.
- Examples are informed by professional advice, from people with mental illness, and from friends, family and carers.
We use the term ‘your relative’ for the person you know with unusual thoughts and behaviours, though we do understand that you may not be related.
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in November 2012. Next review November 2014.
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