posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 06:48 PM
Responses to threads like these prove that mental illness is not treated enough. :/
I am sorry for what you are going through.
First, you can thank the Regean administration, for de institutionalizing mental illness, and closing down campuses all over the country, where people
could live in a community with treatment.
There are now beautiful campuses rotting as a result, instead of doing what they are supposed to do. I can show you pics of one I went too
instead, prisons and homeless populations have become a revolving door, with no treatment.
I have a husband who is mentally ill. I know all too much about it. And the stories here are familiar. I had to stop being a homemaker and went to
work so we can afford our healthcare. (I have a chronic illness also) We have seperated, but I have not filed for divorce in order to keep him on my
insurance, and keep him treated. Even with a decent insurance plan through the government, the copays for visits and meds still run hundreds a month.
Not to mention the costs associated with doctors who don't truley understand the diseases, misdiagnose, or give wrong medications. One doctor refused
to listen to my husband that his med was making him manic, he is bipolar II which means he sufferes the depressive side, she made him manic for almost
a year, causing so many problems.
Call your local social services office, and health departments. There are services to help people seek treatment. Some have programs that help you get
a car. It all depends on the quality of services in your state. They may be able to hook you up with non profits. Don't stop searching for help. A
lot of these are not made very available, so you have to dig to find them.
Call the pharmaceutical company that makes your meds, some have programs to help people afford medications.
Support from your friends and family is crucial. Educate, educate, educate, so they understand what they are dealing with.
Keep a journal of your emotions, what is going on in your life, what you eat, and your exercise. Tracking your moods and other things will help you
understand any triggers. Many you may not even know exist.
I am in a support group for those with mentally ill spouses, we even keep track of the full moon, as that does affect those with mental disorders.
This is also valuable information for your doctor.
Try to keep life changes to a minimum. Changes upset those with mental disorders, and send them on a tailspin.
Diet does help. There is so much sugar, salt, and preservatives loaded in food, if it can affect a healthy person, it can affect a mentally ill
For example, a study a few years ago proved that is it no sugar that makes children hyper, but preservatives. I know all too well that a healthy diet
is very hard, but you have to do the best you can. Excercise will make you feel better about yourself and raises endorphins.
Omega 3 fish oils have shown to help those with mental ill disorders like bipolar and schizophrenia, they don't know why, but it does.
If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know.