Showing posts from April, 2019

Don't You Trust Me? (How Doubt and Betrayal Affect Our Relationships)

It goes without saying that trust is the foundation of a relationship. Like a foundation, it is built up over time, brick by brick, until it is a stable platform from which everything else rests on. There are specific ways to build trust, and there are also behaviors that erode it. Let’s take a look at both. Building Trust Do What You Say If you make a commitment; follow through. Be on time. Run that errand. Do the chore. Return that call/text. If you prove to be a man/woman of your word, then you begin to build trust. Your partner needs to know they can depend on you to do what you say you will do. Allow Yourself to Be Vulnerable This can sometimes be very difficult, especially if we have been badly hurt before. The problem is, as long as that wall is there, the trust just sits waiting on the outside. We have to be raw and available in order to allow the expectation of good to grow. Value Your Partner They can do and say all the right things, but if you don’

Medication for Mental Disorders – The Pros, The Cons, The Acceptance

Week 6 – Family to Family Series - NAMI There are almost as many different types of medications for mental illness as there are diagnoses and the side effects can be wide-ranging. Many people with brain disorders struggle with starting and maintaining a solid medication regiment. The more information we have as a family, the better we can support our loved one in finding the right medicines and encourage them to stay consistent with the plan. Why Acceptance To Meds Is So Difficult If we get a sinus infection, hurt in an accident, or even a more serious medical condition we do not hesitate to take the prescribed drugs to help us feel better and heal. So why is it so difficult for those with a mental illness do the same with their symptoms? Admitting the Need Most of us know when we are physically sick. There is a large portion of those who are mentally ill that refuse to accept there is anything wrong. They try to convince themselves it is a phase (or maybe someone in thei

3 Steps to Problem Solving - When Mental Illness Issues Affect the Family Home

NAMI Family to Family Series – Week 5 Having someone in the home with a mental illness can often cause conflict and chaos. Outbursts, not following the house rules, and refusing to communicate are all examples of how disruptive it can be to everyone involved. Your loved one who is suffering and unable to live independently relies on you for many things. Because of that, there are some simple rules they should be able and willing to follow to make the home as comfortable as possible. When problems do come up, it is a good idea to brainstorm solutions with the family before presenting them to your loved one. In the middle of a crisis, it isn’t fair or productive to include them in the discussion. They will most likely not be receptive and will pick up real quickly on anyone in the family who is wavering. Let’s walk through the steps to restore some peace and harmony to the home. Step 1 – Define the Problem 1 - Pick the most pressing issue You can only solve one problem at