Dealing with Mental Illness

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

The anticlimax

Kelly came home on Thursday. Her court appointed attorney asked if I could talk with Kelly about returning home. I told her she could come home if she took her medication. He agreed to take it. Then the pyschologist representing the hospital came in and said that I could have asked for her to stay.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Kelly's Psychotic Adventures

Kelly has been busy this past week but I haven't been able to write. Kelly stopped taking her meds on Thursday night. Friday. she put a bunch of her stuff in five laundry baskets. Three friends of hers were going to pick her up and she as going to live with them. At lunch, she fixed three extra pot... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Today,

Kelly announced that she is returning to college. She has about five laundry baskets full of stuff. Three of her friends are coming to pick her up. Right now, she is sitting on the porch waiting. Last night she stayed up until four in the morning, making a mess in her room. I don't know why she... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The difference between anxiety and depression

is sometimes hard to figure out. Right now my daughter Brenda says that she is depressed and suicidal. What she really is, in my estimation is overwhelmed. She broke up with a boyfriend who was wrong to begin with. She finished school and didn't get the good grades she is used to getting, finally... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Self Pity or Depression

At one time in my life, I was so depressed, I was hospitalized for depression. The doctor put me on Triavyl a combination of antipsychotic and antidepression. I don't know why he gave me the antipsychotic. Maybe I was paranoid like my daughter. But the doctor also told me that depression was caused... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Torn picture

While vacuuming the upstairs, I discovered once again, the picture which Kelly tore off her sister's face. My daughters were one years old when their grandmother made Kelly a Strawberry Shortcake dress and her sister a Rashberry Tart dress. They had a professional picture taken which turned out... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

My daughter says that she's suicidal.

Learning to live alone is hard when you are afraid and don't enjoy your own company. That is Brenda's problem. But it is her problem not mine. I will not give her advice or listen to her whine. If she wants to have fun, I will come along, otherwise no blues for me. Her suicidal ideation is simply a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 7, 2005

Still delusional but not active

Brenda remained mildly delusional for months. When she went to school a year ago last fall, she was still mildly delusional and lacking in self confidence. Then when her doctor suggested lowering the dose of one of her medications, Brenda was unable to finish winter quarter. Her doctor went back to... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 28, 2005

Kelly

is returning to her gentler self. She asked her Dad to get a prescription for her anti-depressant because it helped her with anger. I told her no to something yesterday and she just complained in a normal voice and left. She still wants dolls, so I suspect she has some delusions left. The only... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The only good guys are the cops.

I remember when I worked as a mental health worker, that the police asked me to visit a young man who they had in their office. I went and saw him. Later the officer who referred me to this young man asked how it had gone. I realized then that this officer showed more compassion to the young man... Sign in to see full entry.

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