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?