First Post

When my older son was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age nineteen, I thought I’d never see another happy day. For therapeutic reasons, I’ve decided to try blogging, concentrating on how a family copes—or doesn’t—with the frequent upheavals and precarious existence, resulting from these no-fault, brain disorders. Another purpose is educational since I have learned so much over the years and hope to learn more by exchanging information with others.

My plan was to begin once I returned from the 2010 National Alliance on Mental Illness convention. NAMI is an organization of approximately 210,000 people dedicated to improving the lives of those with severe mental illness.

My posts will vary. As mentioned, I intend to blog about personal struggles, but am actively seeking a community for mutual support. I also plan to provide links to useful websites beginning with NAMI’s: www.nami.org. So join in, if you like–whether you’re a “consumer” (the PC word for patient), a family member, a professional or an interested party– in helping to eradicate stigma and enlighten folks on these common but misunderstood conditions. I know you are out there. Whadaya say?

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About waywardweed

I am a consumer and parent of two sons, one with a mental illness and the other a third-year law student.
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3 Responses to First Post

  1. Hello! I followed your blog over here from the Writers Digest Community, and having read through many of your posts I have arrived at the beginning. I wish to applaud you in your approach to therapy via blogging. One thing I have learned is that we never know what our words my do for someone else. Your posts are well thought out… and honest. One thing that has worked for me, besides writing, is art. Art has been a big factor in helping me to change my life. I wish you and your family the very best. ~das~

  2. tomschronicles says:

    NAMI helps. I’ve been going to a group once a week for awhile now. There’s another group, called DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. I don’t know much about this group, though.

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