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Understanding Mental Illness
 
# 211 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:50
 
 
In my experience dealing with bipolar people, she's not quite the same as them. I'm no psychiatrist.

She keeps on saying "they think I'm stupid but I'm not!" and says that she can see messages and meanings in her surroundings. Like 4 birds means in 4 weeks time, someone will die.
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# 212 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:51
 
 
Trep.
Could you get in touch with the local community mental health nurse ?
You are not breaking any confidentually that you may have had between her.
If someone threatens at any time to take their life you should make sure either their GP
or mental health nurse is notified.....
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# 213 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:53
 
 
I'll get in touch with the specialist psychiatric care unit for deaf people, thanks for the advice.

In case other Gaireans have concerns about other deaf people, here is what I am talking about, as the local mental health nurse may not necessarily be equipped to deal with mental health issues affecting deaf people:

http://www.deafhear.ie/DeafHear/servicesMentalHealth.html
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# 214 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 02:58
 
 
Someone said :
In my experience dealing with bipolar people, she's not quite the same as them. I'm no psychiatrist.

She keeps on saying "they think I'm stupid but I'm not!" and says that she can see messages and meanings in her surroundings. Like 4 birds means in 4 weeks time, someone will die.

Likewise hun, I don't know any bipolar people, so I'm no psychiatrist either, But I hoping others can help that will read this, so she finds patterns in things that affect her life extremely?
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# 215 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:02
 
 
Someone said :

Likewise hun, I don't know any bipolar people, so I'm no psychiatrist either, But I hoping others can help that will read this, so she finds patterns in things that affect her life extremely?

What Treps has described could be bipolar, schizophrenia or anything in between. Whatever, it is something that should be brought to a professional and I am glad to hear she's going that way. As well meaning as individual help can be, stuff like this can be incomprehensible and needs to be addressed at the proper level.
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# 216 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:06
 
 
Someone said :
I'll get in touch with the specialist psychiatric care unit for deaf people, thanks for the advice.

In case other Gaireans have concerns about other deaf people, here is what I am talking about, as the local mental health nurse may not necessarily be equipped to deal with mental health issues affecting deaf people:

http://www.deafhear.ie/DeafHear/servicesMentalHealth.html

How many consultant psychiatrists are fully competant in communicating in sign language Entrepid.
I was at a conference last year and at the time i was told there was only one in the whole country .
I hope that has changed .
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# 217 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:10
 
 
There's only one, and she flies over from the UK regularly. Dr Margaret DuFeu. Stephen Browne, the psychiatric Nurse, works with her. She only deals with Deaf adults.

There is nothing at all for Deaf children.
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# 218 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:14
 
 
Someone said :
There's only one, and she flies over from the UK regularly. Dr Margaret DuFeu. Stephen Browne, the psychiatric Nurse, works with her. She only deals with Deaf adults.

There is nothing at all for Deaf children.

That is disgraceful, isn't it ?

This was mentioned at a See Change anti stigma conference. The govt were trying to promote the damage caused by stigma from the general public, Yet here they are themselves guilty of marginalising a particular group.
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# 219 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:15
 
 
Someone said :
What Treps has described could be bipolar, schizophrenia or anything in between. Whatever, it is something that should be brought to a professional and I am glad to hear she's going that way. As well meaning as individual help can be, stuff like this can be incomprehensible and needs to be addressed at the proper level.

Completely agree, sorry Trep I was completely waffling, and you pointed out you sorting it out and are well aware something is wrong. Sorry for taking it off track, I hope it goes well.
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# 220 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:16
 
 
no worries,

Here is a report on mental health and deafness, in Ireland, for anyone interested.
http://www.scod.org.uk/pdf/conference/GE_150507/TheDevelopmentOfM etc ...
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# 221 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 03:25
 
 
Someone said :
no worries,

Here is a report on mental health and deafness, in Ireland, for anyone interested.
http://www.scod.org.uk/pdf/conference/GE_150507/TheDevelopmentOfM etc ...

She speaks and sounds hopefull that' A Vision for Change' will see major progressive improvements in services for the hearing impaired.
Unfortunately that document is dead in the water .It is supposed to be completed by 2012.
Last year the MH budget was cut by 1.8% and this year we will see even greater cuts.
We are way behind the recomended best practice allowance as per the EU ruling.
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# 222 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 04:08
 
 
Nobody should be speaking on this page without medical qualifications. It's not right.
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# 223 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 09:56
 
 
Raspberry Swirl, people without medical qualifications should not diagnose mental illnesses, that's very true. However, we should be able to ask for advice and clarification on what to do in the case of seeking help for someone, so that they get seen to by the right people.
The OP made it very clear that one of the purposes of this thread is to clear away misconceptions concerning mental illnesses.
Indeed, this thread would die as I doubt if there are any pyschiatrists among us on Gaire?
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# 224 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 10:36
 
 
Someone said :
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 ...

I found the comments about Amy Winehouse going on and on about choice as if she chose to be an addict frankly completely lacking in any understanding. Addiction is not a choice and saying an addict is more deserving of death is frankly a disgusting thing to say.
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# 225 : Sunday 24-7-2011 @ 10:49
 
 
Someone said :
Nobody should be speaking on this page without medical qualifications. It's not right.

That's a bit silly. People should be allowed talk about health issues if they wish. People can differentiate between a clinic and a internet discussion board.

Even if someone did have medical qualifications, they couldnt 'diagnose' a person over the internet. It would be so unpractical not to mention inappropriate.
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