Friday, January 28, 2011

What to Do?

In light of the recent shootings in Tucson, Ariz., one question has risen to the forefront of the minds of many Americans: How can you prevent something like this from happening?

As this article from the New York Times says, getting psychiatric care for someone who displays signs of psychosis is paramount. As such, this can be an extremely difficult task to undertake.

Deciphering which actions or behaviors are symptoms and which are simply atypical behaviors stands as the most prominent obstacle. And, there is family politics. When dealing with a loved one who is potentially suffering from a mental health issue, learning how to broach the subject is key--and stressful. This is often the step that strains the relationship.

To be sure, if a loved one is dealing with a mental disorder, there is a long and winding road ahead for all parties involved. Often, there can be a happy, and fully functional, ending to it all. The most important aspect of that journey is the education about mental health diseases to remove certain societal stigmas surrounding them which have been propagated, unintentionally, by ignorance and fear.

- Garrison Carr

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