A Little Bit about NAMI

June 21, 2013 sexyknees

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As you all know, my significant other is suffering from a yet-to-be-diagnosed mental illness.  For those of you who have a friend or loved one who has a psychological disorder, you know full well how life can go from complicated to unbearable in the blink of an eye.  I’ve watched the love of  my life transition from a beautiful, talented, brilliant young woman into someone who is incapable of taking care of herself and barely recognizes me.  Her life is full of people and memories which don’t exist outside her mind.  It is both terrifying and tragic.

If you are going through a similar situation I want you to know that there are readily available resources which can make life easier.  First, if you are in a crisis and need to call 911, be sure to ask for the CIT team.  The CIT (Crisis Intervention) team is comprised of medical and law enforcement officers who have been instructed on how to handle psychiatric crises.  The last thing any of us want is to watch our loved one being hauled away like a common criminal.  A mental disorder is an illness, not a crime.  These highly-trained officers will know how to handle a situation as gently as possible – I know as I had to call them once out of desperation.  They were awesome (thanks, guys).

Additionally, there is NAMI – the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org).  This is a free service and is available to anyone who wishes to attend.  The discussion groups are broken into two section – those who have a mental illness and those who are caretakers.  The people who attend are wonderfully  understanding as they are going through the same thing as you – you will instantly feel relieved knowing that you are not alone.  After having attended a number of meetings I can honestly say that no matter how bad your situation, there is always someone who is suffering much worse.  It is a great place to de-stress, find guidance, and make new friends.

I hope that this information is helpful.  Once again, if you wish to talk or are in need of advice, feel free to contact me.  I am here for you!

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