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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 old snakeskin and absorb my fathers persona.

Prior to my fathers death Nick had been homeless by choice.  He demanded that he be in control of himself.  He could not or would not comply with basic house rules.  There was so much interior conflict neither of us could survive.  Nick chose to leave after I asked him to…..

At my fathers funeral reception, in full blown psychosis, Nick assumed my fathers persona by taking his wallet on a very high end hotel/shopping spree.  The damage was in 5 figures.

I had my mother press charges.  I called our attorney hoping that this would be the break I had been waiting for.  We petitioned the court for parole instead of probation.  Parole has terms that must be met.  The terms we asked for included mandatory long term mental health care.  We were granted our petition….BUT…..Nick chose to sit in prison for 22 months rather than get help.

Fast forward to 3/17……I have a court date scheduled in May for guardianship.  BUT before I can get heard by the civil judge on guardianship, the criminal judge decides to cancel his parole terms and free him.  My lawyer was stunned. The DA, the prison social worker, all parties that came in contact with Nick knew how sick he was and admitted it AND still just dropped him off at a train station.

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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 directly on his feet to help him sleep.

This is the diffuser I bought….its very good and the company really stands behind their product: I bought the aroma ace model.

http://store.diffuserworld.com/?_vsrefdom=adwords&gclid=CjwKEAjw8OLGBRCklJalqKHzjQ0SJACP4BHrTL_dcqVJmtZhc67AF18QY6GH6OInaVRAd060mAF62BoCVwbw_wcB

This is where I buy all my oils…if you buy in bulk it is cheaper:  http://www.bulkapothecary.com/?gclid=CjwKEAjw8OLGBRCklJalqKHzjQ0SJACP4BHrGwWKDaawDq1ea4tOgBLVDVvRuIGQ1SBkqie7eLVxQBoCt_zw_wcB

 

This is the book I use for application and dosage: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1623154243/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Questions or Comments?  Email me Currykate1@gmail.com

Peace, Protection, Hope & Happiness

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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 worker, accept SSI, you name it…he wasn’t doing it.  What he WAS doing was allowing his disease to completely disrupt himself and our family.  It was harrowing and heartbreaking.

Three years of trying to force him to help himself took it’s toll.  I began to drink, and drink I did.  I resorted to destructive behavior because I was NOT taking the time to make sure I was OK.  I got myself into therapy.  I found a good woman who walked me through the stages of grief.  Face it, the Nick I knew, loved and had hopes and dreams for was gone.  In his place was a destructive, frightened and confused zombie I could no longer relate to.  Grief was what I was going through.

I cannot stress enough the importance of taking care of yourself, the caregiver.  Join a NAMI support group.  Go to yoga.  Learn to box.  Walk every day. Get a therapist.  Whatever it takes, make sure YOU matter!

 

Got a question or a comment? EMAIL me—-currykate1@gmail.com

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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.

Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_and_Negative_Syndrome_Scale
When I found out about this link, I removed all Gluten from our family diet.  My advice?  Remove it SLOWLY.  It won’t make a damn bit of difference if no one eats that rock hard loaf of rice flour bread.  Cooking with non wheat flour is an art.  I invested in a Zojirushi Bread Machine because it has a gluten free mode.  I cartwheeled all over pinterest for simple recipes at first.  Pancakes, muffins & cookies made with almond flour were the easiest to start with.  Eventually I reduced our gluten intake by 90%.
We did see a difference in Nick’s behavior.  In addition there was an improvement in our health too.  Below you will find a link to an overview of a study on gluten done by the AJOP.  There are hundreds of similar studies.

 

Another look at gluten in schizophrenia.” American Journal of Psychiatry, 135(11), pp. 1417–1418 http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/1979-26475-001

 

Got a comment or question EMAIL me–currykate1@gmail.com

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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 are walking into a hospitalization is more likely than a physical arrest.

Alert 911 that they are responding to a call dealing with mental illness.  Many police departments have trained some of their officers how to respond, talk to and handle the mentally ill.  That is the officer you want them to send.

If no one is in immediate physical danger, ask them to turn off their sirens and lights.  The consumer is stressed and frightened enough.  A calm approach will also increase the chance of a positive outcome.

Many state ordinances will NOT allow an involuntary hospitalization unless the consumer has threatened to harm themselves or others.  IF YOUR GOAL IS TO GET YOUR KID COMMITTED (AND I CAN’T STRESS THIS ENOUGH), LIE, LIE & LIE.  Look, my son needed to be committed to get him the help he needed because he was so non-compliant.  I had to lie and tell the police that he threatened me to get him through the psyche ward door.

If you have any questions regarding Mental Illness EMAIL me currykate1@gmail.com

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Organic Diet and Mental Illness

Organic Diet and Mental Illness

Can an ORGANIC Diet Can Benefit the Mentally Ill?

Our food supply is inundated with multiple pesticides and chemicals, many of which affect the central nervous system.  In addition, studies show that MI consumers are prone to poor health and weight gain (an unwelcome side effect from medication).  After Nick’s diagnosis the first thing I did was convert to an organic diet and eliminate ANY and ALL chemicals in the house.

Cleaning the house is now limited to vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, dawn and salt.

Shampoo and shaving cream are now a 50/50 solution of organic coconut milk and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap.

Signed up with Door to Door Organics, an organic market.  I use this because their produce is high quality and NOT cross contaminated with non organic produce.

Removed all dairy products, reduced the amount of animal fat and went with at least a 75% plant based diet.

This diet in addition to regular exercise has had quite a positive effect on his level of anxiety and restlessness.

Got a question relating to Mental Illness?

Email me    currykate1@gmail.com

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