Wouldn’t it be nice to look at someone and know automatically their inner-struggles, disabilities, disorders and addictions?
People that have ‘hidden’ disorders or addictions live with inner-turmoil and struggles everyday. Sometimes it’s a victory for a person with severe bipolar to get out of bed in the morning and take a shower.
Often a sign of someone in the moderate to severe depressive cycle, limit the willingness to take care of themselves (basic hygiene, eating, etc). It’s not that they don’t know how or want to, it is the lack of chemical responsiveness to parts of the brain that control basic need functions and therefore logic and reasoning application is non-comprehensible at that stage.
This is a major RED FLAG and should be addressed accordingly based on the individuals needs. The best approach that I use with young adults I work with, is break the processes into simple steps and give a positive, genuine response when the step is completed. ‘Less is more’ and you have to realize when helping someone not to base the process on your gratification but theirs.
Remember, mental and addiction disorders are a disease, and should be treated as one.