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Understanding Mental Illness
 
# 196 : Saturday 23-7-2011 @ 22:54
 
 
I don't think it's fair to hog the Amy thread with this discussion so i bumped this one.

Addiction is a mental disorder and needs to be treated as such.Saying that someone who has a physical illness has more of a need than one with an mental disorder is wrong in my opinion.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/addiction/mental-illness-and-addict etc ...
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# 197 : Saturday 23-7-2011 @ 23:39
 
 
Absolutely Marlbo! Addiction is a dependency very like what other people with depressive disorders go through. Someone with anxiety could be addicted to sticking around a safe person, someone with depression could be addicted to hiding in bed. A person suffering from OCD could gamble or clean their house for comfort.

The media love an easy headline. Amy would fall under the same crosshairs as Brittney (post natal) or Kerry Katona (bipolar). It's car crash reporting at it's most horrible.
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# 198 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:06
 
 
Very well said Streetfighter,was trying to articulate those same sentiments,thanks for that.
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# 199 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:11
 
 
+1 I really can't say anymore, except how brilliantly you put it SF.
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# 200 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:26
 
 
It's a pity more people don't quite get it.
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# 201 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:31
 
 
Sometimes when you are the target of someone's mental illness, and the illness makes the person attack you verbally, and reject you, how can you help this person? Sometimes walking away is the best thing to do, no? If the illness is preventing the person from seeing that you are willing to help, then it might be better to step back and let other people help.
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# 202 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:33
 
 
Someone said :
Sometimes when you are the target of someone's mental illness, and the illness makes the person attack you verbally, and reject you, how can you help this person? Sometimes walking away is the best thing to do, no? If the illness is preventing the person from seeing that you are willing to help, then it might be better to step back and let other people help.

Absoltely! Helping might just be pandering to what the person thinks they need. A smack in the face can be harsh but might be the right way to go!
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# 203 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:45
 
 
I suffer from Asperger Syndrome and social-phobia. I have been dragged to every counsellor under the sun since I was 14 and it doesn't do any good.
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# 204 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:48
 
 
Someone said :
Sometimes when you are the target of someone's mental illness, and the illness makes the person attack you verbally, and reject you, how can you help this person? Sometimes walking away is the best thing to do, no? If the illness is preventing the person from seeing that you are willing to help, then it might be better to step back and let other people help.

From my experience with my da who had a brain tumour,and went from being a dapper dan to an also ran,dependent on me for a year or so to pick him up when he fell,to help him in the middle of the night when he needed to go to the toilet,me a secret gay,he a total homophobe,I did it because although he was ignorant,he needed me,I forgave him his ignorance,he knew no better,and i'm sure he is proud of me now as he surfs the clouds.
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# 205 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 01:54
 
 
Someone said :
Sometimes when you are the target of someone's mental illness, and the illness makes the person attack you verbally, and reject you, how can you help this person? Sometimes walking away is the best thing to do, no? If the illness is preventing the person from seeing that you are willing to help, then it might be better to step back and let other people help.

It depends I think, it really depends on the illness, there are some illnesses that the only reason the person is aggesive and paranoid is because their brain has had a shock and they realise they what is wrong, and our extremely terrified, my Mom would be an example with her dementia, what I find helps her is to sit down and try and work out what she is feeling, for such a mental illness, their emotions our what control them, just imagine the fear of not knowing what you did 5 minutes ago, I think from my own experience I'm saying sometimes it's ok to embrace their illusion, it helps your loved ones feel secure. (not always, but sometimes)
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# 206 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:06
 
 
Someone said :
Sometimes when you are the target of someone's mental illness, and the illness makes the person attack you verbally, and reject you, how can you help this person? Sometimes walking away is the best thing to do, no? If the illness is preventing the person from seeing that you are willing to help, then it might be better to step back and let other people help.

Ery i can understand your predicament.
Carers do not have an easy job caring for loved ones.
Quiet often as a result of the pressure of caring for a close loved one,It is often the carer who is in danger of becoming unwell. they are often the sole care provider,
and are under an enermous amount of stress. The PWDI presently are working on creating a peer support network that will focus on the carers emotional needs. I can send you some info on it if you wish.......
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# 207 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:38
 
 
Indeed.

I'm not talking about a relative. I'm talking about an acquaintance who suddenly texted you out of the blue. (She is a member of the Deaf community)

She is the woman I was talking about a while ago, who texted about killing herself, then the next day saying that she wasn't going to kill herself.

She confided her thoughts to me. Ramblings was all I got, which made little sense.

Then all of a sudden she defriended me on Facebook and made lurid accusations against me.

Other people in the Deaf community gave out about her (I said nothing about her to them as it would be a breach of confidence) but it seems that it is a pattern with her, isolating herself, befriending people then ditching them, for the next person.

This is the situation I am talking about, an acquaintance in the Deaf community.
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# 208 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:41
 
 
Just be careful Treps! Things like that can be a cry for attention. Not saying that's not a problem in itself, but look after yourself before you try to help someone who puts that on your doorstep!
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# 209 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:44
 
 
yes, that's why, after some thought, I decided to back the hell away, despite my natural inclinations. It is just beyond my ability to help. Matters are made that wee bit more difficult in that she is a near-neighbour of mine and we share the same bus routes to work.
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# 210 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:46
 
 
Someone said :
Indeed.

I'm not talking about a relative. I'm talking about an acquaintance who suddenly texted you out of the blue. (She is a member of the Deaf community)

She is the woman I was talking about a while ago, who texted about killing herself, then the next day saying that she wasn't going to kill herself.

She confided her thoughts to me. Ramblings was all I got, which made little sense.

Then all of a sudden she defriended me on Facebook and made lurid accusations against me.

Other people in the Deaf community gave out about her (I said nothing about her to them as it would be a breach of confidence) but it seems that it is a pattern with her, isolating herself, befriending people then ditching them, for the next person.

This is the situation I am talking about, an acquaintance in the Deaf community.

That sounds like bi polar to me hun, not that I was implying anything just explaining that walking away isn't always the best option.I could guess at how to deal with bi polar but it would be really stupid of me to do that, so I leave it up to others with more experience to advice
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