Monday, April 20, 2015
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Christina Bruni's Posts

4 Thoughts on Schizophrenia and Trauma

This month I'm focusing on Schizophrenia and trauma. Here are some key things to consider:

Early childhood experiences can be traumatic.

Yes. I experienced childhood trauma. The neighborhood kids bullied me. My mother was verbally abusive toward me. At 13, I wore the same holey jeans all the time; I wasn't... Read moreChevron

6 Succession Planning Strategies for Family Members

The burden falls on me to settle my parents' affairs even though I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 22. My father is 80 and my mother is 77.

Too often, individuals who were diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1970s and 1980s were shunted into day programs that were little more than babysitting services. A lot of us are in... Read moreChevron

4 Techniques for Self-Care

I have a job as a librarian in a public library and I'm a magnet for troubled individuals that tell me their life stories.

 

It can be hard to bear witness to pain whether it's yours, a loved one's, or someone else's. Creating self-care rituals is one of our prime coping strategies for when we feel like we can't bear this... Read moreChevron

5 Techniques for Overcoming Isolation

A woman I hired told me my story is "unusual"—that's the word she used. As this might be true, I have extra compassion for people living with schizophrenia who have ongoing symptoms. I choose not to talk about how hard my life is. Yet because my life is hard, I know it must be exponentially harder for people who still have symptoms they... Read moreChevron

7 Benefits of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

In February, the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC-not funded by drug companies) hired Health Management Associates (HMA) to examine and report on cost findings in seven jurisdictions that use Assisted-Outpatient Treatment (AOT). The study also noted any sources of cost savings common among the sites.

Potential reductions in direct cost can... Read moreChevron