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If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia
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Schizophrenia is a disease that afflicts some 2.2 million persons of all ages. It has a wide-ranging impact on the lives of not just the people who have it, but also the people who love them. In an era of de-institutionalization and managed care, parents and other adults, such as teachers and coaches, will become the first line of defense against this serious disease that typically attacks people the late teens or early twenties.
If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia is an informative guide, written specifically to help adults spot the warning signs and seek appropriate treatment for the young people in their lives. Parents will find a clear definition of the disease, including early indicators of the disease as well as information on how to arrange for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Using the experiences of parents with children who have the illness themselves, this book will provide an insiders survival guide for those now facing this illness in their own children.
While enormous strides have been made toward identifying likely causes and effective remedies of schizophrenia in recent decades, no one therapeutic regimen works perfectly in all cases. If Your Adolescent Has Schizophrenia will offer readers trusted information and support that will enable them to confront this disorder head on and get their children meaningful medical and psychosocial help in order to mitigate its effects.
2017 NAMI Board Elections and Bylaws Amendments – Open Call
By Danei Edelen and Alex Hanna | Jan. 11, 2017
NAMI is pleased to open the call for candidate nominations to the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and for amendments and resolutions to the NAMI Bylaws. The election of new members to the NAMI Board of Directors and voting on bylaws amendments and resolution take place at the Annual meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Convention in Washington, DC June 28-July 1, 2017. For more information, please visit www.nami.org/voting. If you have questions, contact [email protected].
An Ode to Schizophrenia
By Steven Wilson | Dec. 23, 2016
I suppose all people who are affected by mental illness have that moment when “it” happens-the moment when their condition makes itself known. My moment happened when I was an undergraduate in college. It was in the form of voices, hallucinations and paranoid thoughts that one of my professors was trying to kill me. I was scared and acted like it. I was in trouble, but I acted like everything was fine. My mind split, but it seemed to repair itself enough to get by. I learned one thing that proved to be true in the real world: When you struggle with an invisible disease, many won’t believe you. That realization hurt the most and still hurts to this day. Many years after college, my father passed away on Jan. 2, 2007, due to natural causes, then my sister died the very next day in a car accident on her way to the funeral. I cannot express the pain and anguish that came over me. The months that followed brought back all of the horrors of my collegiate break, but this one seemed much deeper. My mind split again, but this time there was no repair. I decided to get away from everyone, moving into a serene house in the woods with a pond and vocal wildlife. I loved to gaze at the moon and listen to an orchestra of fireflies and bullfrogs. It was here that I took up art again. I was 12 years old when I first entered my own world of creation. I was a plasterer’s apprentice at the time, and I used construction materials to create works of art before I even knew they were works of art. I did a few “headstone portraits,” as I called them, using discarded sheetrock. Only my sister would ever see these works, as I would quickly and quietly throw them out. I did hide a few upstairs every now and then, but I always found that once I created a work, it stayed with me. Read more…
Ask The Doctor – “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” with Dr. Xavier Amador Available Now !
Winter, 2016 NAMI Ask The Doctor: “I am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” How to Help Persons with Mental Illness Accept Treatment and Services with Dr. Xavier Amador
Learn why some people living with mental illness believe they don’t need help or see obvious symptoms, and how this can become an obstacle to helping them get help. Dr. Amador will share information on overcoming this common obstacle using LEAP-Listen, Empathize, Agree and Partner. With LEAP, a person can quickly gain trust, lower anger and tension, develop genuine understanding and empathy making it possible to partner with a loved one and help them receive treatment. Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist and leader in his field. He is the author of many popular books include I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help about the LEAP method to overcome lack of insight into mental illness. It has been helping families help loved ones for years. Ask the Doctor will be presented on November 3rd from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., ET. Invitations to register in advance will be send to NAMI members in October. Limited registration, if possible will be offered to the public the day of the webinar and unlimited access to the recorded webinar after November 4th. – See more at: http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/Ask-The-Doctor-I-am-Not-Sick-I-Don-t-Need-Help#sthash.LnITMoCw.dpuf
Getting a Grip on Mania
Manic episodes in bipolar I play out differently for different people, but often have scorching consequences. Learning about triggers, symptoms, and effective treatments is important.
When Keely describes her first manic episode, she lists what might be considered “classic” symptoms.
“I had lots of energy, a case of the giggles, and racing thoughts,” says Keely, 43. “I couldn’t sit still. I’d go to my office and sit down and then I’d have to get up and pace the floors.
“I felt like Wonder Woman,” adds Keely, who lives outside of Boston. “No one could knock me down.”
For Julianna of Orange County, California, the trademark manic exhilaration quickly breaks down into agitation, irritability, and physical discomfort.
“I get like 24 hours of euphoria and then a feeling like ants in my pants-like I’m crawling out of my skin,” the 46-year-old reports. “I get very agitated and I pick on people.”
In this mindset, Julianna can’t stand to see things out of place. She’ll yell at her husband for leaving his shoes in the family room or dramatically sweep messy papers to the floor.
“I scratch my neck until it’s red,” she adds. “I feel so yecch.”
Psychiatry has established a central set of criteria to diagnose mania. But the list of symptoms in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) doesn’t fully reflect how mania can vary from individual to individual.
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To Our New President: Advice From 5-year Olds
On the inauguration of the president, kindergartners have things to say
Posted Jan 20, 2017
Over 30 years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote the best-selling, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It was instantly beloved though some found it trite; still advice like “share everything” or “flush” or “say you’re sorry if you hurt somebody” resonates. I was in college soon after it came out and it seemed like every graduation speech cited Fulghum. In my twenties, I rolled my eyes. In my forties, I cling to the advice.
So imagine my surprise when I heard that my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher asked her class of 5 and 6 year-olds a simple question yesterday: what advice do you have for our new president? Her teacher asked this question in the context of a “conversation circle,” a practice in schools to promote open dialogue and civil engagement. They said:
Advice For Our New President from Kindergartners
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