A Thump to the head……the back story.

A Thump to the head……the back story.

My name is Kate Curry.  I have a 32 yr old son named Nicholas.  Nicholas was diagnosed with severe mental illness 10 years ago. I have been away from my blog for a while now.  Here is why……On 10/19/15 my father passed away.  My dad was a successful businessman and wanna be politician.  He was well liked, respected and networked with ease in all social circles. In hindsight Nick was never comfortable, he seemed to want to shake himself like…

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Essential Oils and Mental Illness

Essential Oils and Mental Illness

Essential Oils Help Lessen Many Symptoms of Mental Illness   When my son was first diagnosed with schizophrenia I looked far and wide for anything that would help.  I stumbled across essential oils long before they became the rage.  Vetiver oil helped with insomnia.  Lavender and Frankincense helped keep him calm.  I bought a good atomizer that diffused the oil without diluting it with water.  I sprayed a 50/50 mix of vetiver and lavender on his pillow and rubbed it…

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Consult a Nutritionist to Reduce Symptoms of Mental Illness

Consult a Nutritionist to Reduce Symptoms of Mental Illness

A Good Nutritionist is a Must Have   Did you know that most people suffering from mental illness are lacking magnesium, B-12, Omega 3 Fatty Acids and essential amino acids?  These nutrients have a direct effect on the severity of many symptoms. Does that mean go out and buy a bunch of supplements and guess at the dosage?  NO WAY!! You can do real harm just guessing.  Many of these supplements can interact with anti-psychotics. Ask your medical provider to…

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You Can’t Take Care of Anyone Else if You Fall Apart

You Can’t Take Care of Anyone Else if You Fall Apart

The Caretaker MUST Take Care of Themselves! Taking care of a loved one with mental illness is the most difficult thing I have EVER done in my life.  I am a fixer.  Up until schizophrenia slapped me in the face there was nothing I couldn’t solve. I found out slowly, not only couldn’t I fix it, but I couldn’t get my son to cooperate in any way.  He was unwilling to take meds, go to therapy, meet with his social…

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Gluten and Schizophrenia

Gluten and Schizophrenia

A Gluten free diet will lessen symptoms of Schizophrenia There are several scientific studies that link increased severity of  both positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia to Gluten.  What are positive and Negative symptoms? The name refers to the two types of symptoms in schizophrenia, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association: positive symptoms, which refer to an excess or distortion of normal functions (e.g., hallucinations and delusions), and negative symptoms, which represent a diminution or loss of normal functions….

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The Mentally Ill Diagnosis: A guessing game

The Mentally Ill Diagnosis: A guessing game

How is a Diagnosis of Mental Illness Made?  Hint….Its a cross between a checklist and a Ven diagram. There is no test for mental illness.  No blood work or cat scan or anything for that matter can identify this debilitating disease.  When my son landed in the psyche ward the first time the staff ran a tox screen.  When that came back negative they interviewed him for FIVE minutes and based on a checklist came back with a diagnosis of…

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Dialing 911

Dialing 911

How to Call the Police When a Mentally Ill Person is in Crisis There is a right way to alert the police when dealing with mental illness.   I was lucky.  I had an astute enough social worker who knew that I would eventually have to involve the police in my son’s care.  He suggested to me that I pay my local police a visit, introduce myself and give them Nick’s background and history.  If the police know what they…

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Guardianship vs Power of Attorney

Guardianship vs Power of Attorney

The Difference Between Guardianship and Power of Attorney My Schizophrenic son is impulsive and not able to make decisions in his own best interest.  BUT since he is over 18, we have no right to dictate his medical care or his financial decisions.  Not a great situation when you consider his level of psychosis.  What to do…… If you have the means hire an attorney.  This just about always gives you more leverage in court. Power Of Attorney is a…

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Definition of a Consumer

Definition of a Consumer

Consumer: The Patient’s Title When my son, Nick, was first diagnosed there was a lot I did not know.  The Doctors, Social Worker and Hospital staff were using words I didn’t understand.  The Psychiatric Community has it’s own lingo.  I kept hearing this word consumer.  A consumer is the patient.  A consumer is anyone who uses social services related to Mental Illness. Got a Question about anything relating to Mental Illness? Email me currykate1@gmail.com Peace, Protection, Hope & Happiness