when her son Jim's first psychotic episode manifested itself in a delusion demanding he kill her. Her seat at the table helped her to change policies that would have barred her from saving his life. She first had to overcome her fear that Jim would be like her beloved grandmother who disappeared into a mental hospital when she was 10. Given the heightened national interest in mental illness today and the millions of people affected, this book is timely. It spans 20 years and covers new ground about living with schizophrenia, adding understanding and new appreciation of the challenges.
I struggle with my expectations for our son who has a serious mental illness. When he’s doing well he seems full of potential, but that is not always the case. Many mental health professionals seem to have the same dilemma. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey In the seventh edition of his book Surviving Schizophrenia, Dr. E. Read more about Should We Expect People With Serious Mental Illness to Work?[…]
It’s time for state-level discussions in Minnesota about funding mental health courts. I recently attended an excellent conference about the criminalization of mental illness. Even though it was more geared to mental health practitioners, I went as a parent because Ramsey County recently denied participation in their excellent mental health court to my son who Read more about Minnesota Must Get Serious About Mental Health Courts[…]
I was not surprised to read about the recent U.S. District Court ruling against United Behavioral Health. I was only surprised that it took so long. Over ten years before, our family had battled the Minnesota-based United Health Group subsidiary giant to gain cover for our son who has a serious mental illness. Only after Read more about “Tainted” Coverage[…]
I support the new push to reclassify schizophrenia as a brain disease instead of a mental illness. Alzheimer’s is classified as a brain disease and garners significantly more research dollars as a result. Also more understanding that it’s no one’s fault. When son Jim was first diagnosed 20 years ago, I talked hopefully to a Read more about Let’s Classify Schizophrenia As The Brain Disease It Is[…]
Some dentists say they can’t afford to provide care for patients on government programs. Minnesota is among the states with the lowest reimbursement rates (currently 27 percent). Minnesota Public Radio, May 2, 2017 I never would have suspected that one of the most hurtful episodes of our son’s mental illness would involve our family’s dental Read more about Going to the Dentist[…]