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National Resource Guide for finding a Social Worker

National Resource Guide for finding a Social Worker

Link to a Good State by State Guide for Finding a Qualified Social Worker

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/

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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 recommend a qualified nutritionist.  Get base line blood work done before you see him/her.  Make sure you have a list of all meds the patient is currently on as well as any they have taken in the past.  Document all symptoms, the severity and how often they occur before AND after your scheduled visit.  Of all the Meds my son took, properly dosed supplements helped ease his symptoms the most.

Below is a link to a very good article on psychiatry and supplements.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/

 

Got a comment/question relating to mental illness?  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

Peace, Protection, Hope & Happiness

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Welcome to the Family Survival Guide to Mental Illness

Welcome to the Family Survival Guide to Mental Illness

Welcome to the Family Survival Guide to

Mental Illness

 

The purpose of this site is to help families of the mentally ill navigate an incredibly complex, broken system.  I am the mom of a 31yr old, currently incarcerated, schizophrenic.  I have spent the past seven years clawing my way, by trial and error, through the system.  My prayer is that my experience may ease yours.  This site is currently under construction so bear with me, a computer wizard I ain’t!

Below is a list of issues and topics I will be explaining in depth.

Peace, Protection, Hope & Happiness,

Kayt

 

How a diagnosis is determined

 

What Next?

  • Finding a Dr with or without insurance
  • Where to find social services
  • How to get a social worker
  • Housing
  • Social Security SSI vs. SSD
  • What is a consumer?

Every Day Living

  • Diet
  • Meds
  • Activities

 

Issues

  • anxiety
  • violence
  • stress
  • Psychosis
  • Dual Diagnosis (addiction)
  • Non Compliant vs Compliant
  • Interaction vs Enabling
  • Stigma
  • Friends and Family
  • Isolation

 

Legalities

  • When and how to use 911
  • Special Needs Trust
  • Advanced Directive/Living Will
  • Guardianship VS Power of Attorney
  • Minor’s Rights
  • Adult Right’s
  • Incarceration

Interviews

Sen. Patrick Kennedy

NAMI

MHA

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