I love this scene. One of my favorites of all time from the memorable 70’s movie, Network. I have not seen a movie this good in years. It illustrates how frustrated I feel about the loss of so many lives of young people especially in the last few years
How many thousands more kids do we have to lose to overdose and suicide before we make genuine change? Before we talk more openly? Before we demand more affordable treatment options for people with mental illness? Before we declare addiction as a disorder and not a moral failing?
How did you get such perfect kids? No wonder you are bursting with pride. You raised your children right!
Clearly those of us who are struggling with our children are at a loss for what to do. We didn’t spank them enough, hire enough tutors, take away enough or show them who is boss.
If only we had listened to you, we, too would have straight A students, doctors and soccer champions. Oh wait. No we wouldn’t because your precious children are a direct reflection of you! Great genes and great parenting. You have the … Read more...
In looking over the comments from the last Facebook LIVE, I saw that there was a lot of misunderstanding as it relates to antidepressants and other mental health medications. Given that the suicide rates have dramatically increased, I thought we’d tackle the topic. This will not be a discussion on specific antidepressants but more about the stigma related to using them. We will leave that to the psychiatrists.
“The last time we were able to successfully decrease suicides in this country … Read more...
I have been thinking about doing a Facebook Live event, say 30 minutes on the subject of life after the loss of a loved one who died from a stigmatized illness, specifically addiction or mental illness.
Talking points below. This is my first LIVE event and this is not a presentation, it’s an event where I want to hear from you. How it works is below. I will be limiting this to 30 minutes.
What else are you going to do in one hundred degree weather? (That’s for those on the east coast)
Mental health costs our country over 314 billion dollars per year.
Overall, it cost us $275,000+ trying to help our son, Charles.
None of the organizations communicated with each other and the mayhem of mental health and addiction services is overwhelming and disjointed at best.
And scandalously expensive.
I’ve tried to outline some of the monetary costs and would love input from others struggling with these issues, too so that we can have a place that puts all these crazy costs in black and white for others to see.
The staggering costs
Doctors visits, psychiatrist visits, medication, therapist visits, out of network visits, … Read more...
Those of you who have suffered through the addiction of a loved one know how exhausting it is. The fact that they are such amazing manipulators blurs all the lines whips your emotions from one end to another.
But if you’ve set boundaries to protect yourself from the mayhem also knows as addiction, you need to keep these things in mind:
1. It’s really very hard to go from “tough love” to “rescue mode.”
They are polar opposites in terms of emotions. But often that’s what we have to do to save a loved one. Knowing that might be how it will happen, can help … Read more...