Lurking Family Health Issues (And What To Do About Them)

You can’t always tell from looking at a person whether they are genuinely in good health or not. This is because health issues aren’t necessarily visible, yet that doesn’t mean that person isn’t suffering, or that they don’t need your help and empathy. Luckily, you can find out more about some of the most common family health issues that are likely to be kept secret in the post below, as well as how to deal with them.




“Hey, how are you?” It’s a common form of greeting, yet we rarely ask it with the real intention of finding out how someone is. In fact, if you were to meet an acquaintance on the street and ask this question, you would be shocked if they went into detail about how down they felt, were sleeping too much, and how they no longer see any meaning or point to their life.



However, these are common symptoms of depression, and sadly many people keep them hidden away from friends, colleagues and even loved ones because of their fear of being seen as vulnerable or being rejected.


Of course, we can deal with this issue more constructively in our own family groups by establishing some regular one on one time that allows for a genuine and frank exchange between two people. In fact, this can work wonders in a family situation, allowing parents to head off any potential issue with depressed kids at the pass, by seeking prompt treatment that can help reframe thoughts and feeling to make them much easier to cope with.



Another secret illness that is experienced by many people is addiction, and while we often think of it as being linked to alcohol and drugs, it can also be related to things like food, spending, and gambling as well.


Of course, the nature of addiction is that the person feels unable to stop their behavior even though they know it’s not constructive, and can be hurting them. Sadly, the added shame that this brings can keep addiction issues secret and so untreated for a long time.


Addiction can take many forms.


There is hope though if a family member is suffering from an addiction problem. The first step is helping them to realize that their behavior has actually become an issue. A topic you can read more about at Then once they have accepted this, it’s much easier to get them into treatment.


Of course, finding the right treatment center is also an essential piece in solving the addition puzzle too. Look for facilities like that offer residential care, as this can help the sufferer focus more intently on getting well. Also, remember that centers that provide effective treatment for addiction such as DBT, as well as complementary therapies can provide the best atmosphere for recovery.


Lack of sleep

Lastly, it may not sound like a big deal especially if you are a patient with a young child, but that is precisely what makes sleep deprivation one of the most dangerous secret family health issues.  Mental health can be greatly impacted by your sleep habits!


In fact, it can really negatively affect people’s health and as discussed at can cause all sorts of issues over the long term such as mental health problems, and even physical ones. The reason being that the body isn’t getting enough time to rest and recuperation after a long day.



That is why good sleep hygiene is not only something we should teach our kids but also practice as adults as well. Otherwise, we may face a secret epidemic of sleep-related problems in the future.