Friends and Family with Mental Illnesses
It is Thursday so...it is time for a Question of the Week.
I am writing this ahead of time because...if anyone has noticed...I ain't here! Well I might be here sporadically. But at this time I am most likely visiting with my mother, probably taking her to Red Lobster restaurant. She lives in a group home in the boonies and there aren't many restaurants out that way. My mother is elderly and has schizophrenia and it is always emotionally difficult when I go to visit her. Usually I have to go through her little rituals of saying things to her so she will know I am me and not an imposter. Sometimes I convince her and sometimes I don't. I know it will be a rough visit if she thinks I am an imposter.
Then there is usually the time during our visit when I wonder if educating the public about schizophrenia is useful. As in when my mother will tell the waitress that she is a reincarnation of Mary Magdalene. What can one say to that...really? "Can we have a desert menu for Mary?"
So think of us at Red Lobster and imagine it being a good day. I am hoping it will go well without too much difficulty.
And now for my question for you? With appreciation for Mental Illness Awareness Week, do you have a friend or family member who struggles with mental illness? Is this hard for you to deal with? How have you tried to break the barriers of mental illness in order to connect with them? What helps and what doesn't?
There are so many people out there who can be helped by your words...even if it is just to know that they are not alone. So please share your story. We want to hear from you!