The sooner you accept this hard but simple fact, the sooner you will be able to live your life instead of managing crises.
The diagnosis of mental illness requires care and support, for the affected person, by their family and mental health professional. Successful living for you, your loved one and your family begins by answering an important question
How does your loved one want to live their life? What are their goals?
All treatment moves forward by honoring what your loved one wants for themselves.
I speak from personal experience. I used my skills as a social worker to become my brother’s advocate. Today he is stable, happy and living independently. I asked what made the difference between him and others who were unable to leave the hospital. He replied, “It’s because you, dad and I could sit down and talk at the table and nobody would get mad and leave.” This work is a series of simple actions that add up to hard work.
Everybody can do this and every family can heal their relationships and escape the cycle of crisis following crisis. Today you are invited to lay the foundation for reclaiming your life.
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