- Aug 16, 2008
Caring for someone who suffers mental illness is the biggest challenge i`ve faced in my life,its so hard. No matter what you try it never seems enough, its like fighting some sort of super power & for the sufferers it must be even worse. What happens to the minds of the people we love when they are struck down with mental illness, are those people gone forever ?. I live in hope that my loved one will return to me one day, complete & whole, living & enjoying her life the way she should be. Mental illness is so cruel & not only do they have to cope with the illness itself, they have to endure the disgraceful attitude of society to their condition. Not only has she lost friends since she became ill but so have i, well i guess they weren`t true friends in the first place, so its no loss really, but it still came as a shock. Others have amazed me with their support & i`m so thankful to them. Like i said at the start caring isn`t enough. if the staff in the psychiatric units don`t have a true vocation in the field of mental health then our loved ones don`t get the help & support they deserve. My experience has been that there are few nurses with a true vocation & for some its just a power trip in controlling vunerable people, on the pretext they are keeping them safe. We as carers, family or friends have no choice on where they go when they require hospital treatment & yet if it was any other health problem you get a choice in which hospital you attend. Personally i think these psychiatric units need exposure on the conditions & practices that occur in them, plus the lack of positive therapy. It seems to me that what society doesn`t know doesn`t matter when it comes to mental health patients, well it certainly matters to the people who truly love them. Quite honestly i wouldn`t have chosen to leave a stray dog in the unit my loved one was admitted to. Lets face it,we carers are the only ones they have to fight for them because society doesn`t care , so maybe through this forum we can join forces & get them a better deal.