Alone in the Choir: Getting Help

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Christian Mental Health Resources

There is a website called Joni and friends that has lists of resources for people with disabilities. There are all sorts for anything from ADD, Autism, to Cerebral Palsy. But there are no resources listed for mental illness. It must not be a disability in the mind of the organization. I got a list... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Like a stray cat

Yesterday, I delivered my daughter Kelly, to the door of a woman's day center and left her there like a stray cat that I didn't want hanging around my house anymore. We fought about her taking medications. She had thrown her nightly dose into the toilet. I stayed up all night, determined not to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Caregiver Burnout

Kurt and I screwed up. He gave a perscription for Kelly's shot to the pharmacy, who didn't mention to him what it was for. I forgot all about Kelly's shot until she started acting out. Taking care of twin daughters with bipolar has been very difficult. Top that off with doing it for eight years,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Call the Person Responsible for Their Mental health

Family members are excluded from the process. Our relatives are adults. The problem is that although they are legally adults, when they are sick they are very dependent on us. In order for them to get the help they need, we will be involved. Psycho dynamic theories blame parents for mental illness.... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Adult Rights without Adult Responsibility

Kelly lives with us and I take her to her appointments. But i cannot find out what is going on with her. In some circumstances confidentiality is a very good thing. But keeping things from your caregiver is not. If I was a mental health worker employed at the same mental health center, I could find... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


I called the social worker who got Kelly onto GAX and told her that she had gotten it. I also thanked him for all that he had done for her. He responded by stating that it was his job. That may be true, but I know he worked hard for Kelly and that was something that went beyond his job. I could tell... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

She needs help.

Kristina was mailed a form for social security to fill out. They sent it to her and intended for her to fill it out. Hello! Excuse me! These forms are hard for people who don't have mental problems. What about someone in denial and who is having a hard time finding her way around. On the one hand... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 18, 2005

One door closes and another opens.

A woman in my daughter's church offered to let Kelly live with her. She would be a good person. She has the sort of flexibility that it would take to live with Kelly. Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Mental Illness is a lonely disease.

It is lonely for two reasons. One because you frighten everyone else. Two, because you are afraid of people. The stigma is wrong. But it does makes sense. It is frightening when someone you know becomes another person. It is even more frightening to be around a totally unpredictable person. Although... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Mental Health Professionals

In Colorado any police officer, and doctor can initiate a 72 hour mental health hold. A hold places a mentally ill person in the hospital against their will because they are gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others because of mental illness. In Washington state, only a mental health... Sign in to see full entry.

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