As I read the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) recent research, I sighed, “It’s about time.” It’s about time to look at mental illness from a recovery standpoint. It’s about time to recognize that treatment needs to begin with the first symptom episodes. It’s about time . . . Read More ….
January is over, so it doesn’t seem like the beginning of the year any longer. Why would I even be talking about a fresh start? It’s never too late; you can start fresh, make new resolutions any time. For many of us our resolutions have come, and gone. Each year Read More ….
One of the hardest steps for a family is accepting that a loved one has a mental illness. The next hardest is accepting that you are also a “victim” of the illness. I don’t like using the word “victim;” it is such an overused word. Mental illness, like so many Read More ….
My son attended our family Thanksgiving gathering. It was good to see him; but that’s about all that happened. He didn’t interact much, only responding when asked questions. Kept away from the crowd of people. Ate little. He was here, but he wasn’t. It’s not uncommon for our ill loved Read More ….
How often do you enter November with vision of an old-fashioned, family holiday? “This year will be different,” you say to yourself and any family members who will listen. I’ve given up this fantasy, and choose instead to be content with a Griswold Christmas. (If you haven’t seen National Lampoon’s Read More ….
(This is the beginning of a series about helping our loved ones and ourselves through the stresses of the holidays.) It’s that time of year again: The Holidays. The time from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day is probably the most stressful period in America. Expectations are high; reality is low. Read More ….
One of my first questions when our son was returning home after a suicide attempt was, “How do we ‘watch’’ him?” I didn’t get the answer I wanted: “You don’t.”
I was prepared to have a 24-hour watch, and do it all myself if I had to. That was neither possible nor practical. In the emotion of the moment, I wasn’t thinking; I was reacting. I didn’t, couldn’t, think about myself. Read More ….