Background: I see crazy people. Ok my sil and my brother are both mentall ill. Depressed and each deals with it poorly. My brother killed him self--my sil (hub-sis) is a person who hybernates.
So I need to know how to deal with my teen almost 18 who is sad. We have her at a mental health provider. Which wants to do a psych. evaluation. All good.
I don't know how to deal with her or what to say to help her. She is sad,sad,sad. It is not that she is sad about anything. It is the mental illness. She has so many good things that are going on in her life to look foreward to. She can't see that. I try to not be mean but I do not have the skills to help someone who can't help her self. Any thoughts, ideas, comments or things that you know to be helpful?
Answer by Gailll at 7:00 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 5:34 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
Answer by twdivine24 at 5:34 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 6:39 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
I agree that you shouldn't call people with depression crazy. The way your write about people with depression is so bias against people that happen to have depression. I don't know if there is a word for it. Something like racist only you are expressing those kinds of negative vibes about peole with depression.
People with depression can't help it. They don't want to be depressed. They have chemical imbalances in their brains. That's where drugs can help. But drugs don't make people happy, they only help with the chemical imbalances. It can take several tries to find the right drug and the right dose.
Answer by Gailll at 6:48 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
My son has had bipolar disorder, he was diagnosed when he was 11. He had symptoms as early as 2 or 3. He does well with medications and has never had counseling, just drug management. He goes to the community mental health center every 3 months and we talk to them about how he is doing and they refill his meds. When he was young he went to a child psychologist. He made it through the teen years with no suicide attempts, no hospitalizations, no problems with the police, no pregnancies, and he stayed at one job. That is super great for a male teen with bad bipolar disorder.
I went back to grad school to study counseling psychology to help him, it become my doctoral minor. Of course all people can't do that. There are great books on how to improve your life with depression and good web sites.
Answer by Gailll at 6:55 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
Answer by mmmegan38 at 7:20 PM on Jun. 11, 2010
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