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What to include in a care package that I'm sending to my friend who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital?

My closest friend has been admitted to an excellent psychiatric hospital for about 90 days due to some major issues with her bi-polar disorder. Due to her noncompliant behavior & some comments that she has made, she is on restriction right now but I have been told that I can send her a care package & they will allow her to have it when they feel like she deserves privileges. I've looked all over the internet for some help on what is ok & not ok to send but I'm finding little information. Does anyone have suggestions on what someone in that situation would appreciate & what is allowed & not allowed per hospital regulations? I'm sending the obvious stuff like snacks (small, pre-packaged in cellophane), books, hard cover journals, pictures (no frames), socks, toiletries & a few other things to keep her busy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2012 - 12 answers

 

Question about artistic skills

There are some people who are excellent draftsmen when it comes to drawing. Their sketchbooks are full of architecture style drawings or similar, with straight lines as if drawn using a ruler and little erasing. Or they're sign painters or car details who can just pick up a brush and literally draw a straight line on the car as they're walking the length of it. No visual planning or measuring or masking off areas, they just do it. Are there scientific studies about the particular set of physical and mental skills these people have and what exactly those skills are? Are their specific differences in their brain or anatomy that enable those skills?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 20, 2012 - 24 answers

How to Stop Being Underemployed

I somewhat successfully moved out of this situation...But I'm too drained to make any major moves forward, even though the urgency is much greater. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Nov 12, 2012 - 36 answers

Help me deal with my ADD/disorganization/goal setting problems.

I am unemployed. My disorganization, lack of goals and mental illness (ADD first and foremost) is taking a toll on my job hunt, and life in general. Fellow ADD'ers, what do you do to cope/deal? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2012 - 14 answers

The New Name That Blog!

I need help figuring out a name for my brand new personal blog. Snowflakey details to follow. [more inside]
posted by ronofthedead on Nov 2, 2012 - 6 answers

What do I do about my mom, and my 6 year old sister who may possibly have a mental problem? Long, snowflakey details inside.

What do I do about my mom, and my 6 year old sister who may possibly have a mental problem? Long, snowflakey details inside. My first question on Metafilter, please bear with me, I really need your help. [more inside]
posted by thegunner100 on Oct 26, 2012 - 31 answers

Living with Psychopaths. Need Help.

Dealing with Psychopaths. The textbooks please. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Oct 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Alone after an obsessive relationship, having trouble making friends in a sea of the elderly...

How do I make friends in an unfriendly place for young folks (18-20), and how can I make him believe that I've made changes to myself? [more inside]
posted by orchidgenes on Oct 6, 2012 - 13 answers

Can I/should I get a "prescription cat?"

Getting a prescription cat... How to, should I, and can I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2012 - 21 answers

What to do about a freeloading brother and an enabling mother?

What to do about a mentally unstable brother who's taking advantage of my elderly mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

I've run out of tiles to count

What kinds of mental games can you play to soak up time? You're in a meeting or sitting through a presentation. You don't need to pay attention, but you can't leave. What do you do?
posted by leotrotsky on Aug 24, 2012 - 61 answers

How do I protect my possibly developmentally-challenged brother in law who is intent on getting married to someone we barely know?

I need help in guiding my brother-in-law, who may be developmentally challenged, with some important life decisions. I am pretty much his only family contact, am at a bit of a loss, and not quite sure where to start; (slightly lengthy) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Online forums/support specific to health care professionals/students with major mental health diagnoses/problems?

Are there online forums/communities for support for medical professionals/students with serious mental health diagnoses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Good mental/emotional specialists in Seattle?

Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

How to improve brain performance?

How to improve brain performance? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Jul 22, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me deal with negative patterns of thinking.

Help me learn how to control my own mind. How do I stop thinking about things that I shouldn't be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Multitasking is my forte

What things can I do in my head to entertain myself/learn something/pass time quicker? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 32 answers

Help me write an anti-bucket-list

How do people learn to want more for themselves? My baseline standards for 'not failing at life' are way off. [more inside]
posted by pickingupsticks on Jun 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Causes of Psychological Disorders

I am working in a Autism lab this summer. I've been wondering whether it is a problem that so many psychological disorders are defined by symptoms and focused on treating symptoms. I think, and this isn't a particularly controversial opinion, that it is also important to investigate their causes. Are there any instances of really effective investigations of the cause/causes of psychological disorders (discussion open to any disorder)?
posted by Lee Shore on Jun 4, 2012 - 19 answers

How to help a traumatized friend?

Help me help a friend dealing with trauma/mental health/addiction issues in Georgia. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Apr 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Husband's mental health problems led him to compulsively spend over £27,000 (about $44,000) while I supported both of us for three years. I know he'll work hard on therapy, but I don't know if I should divorce him. Should I try and forgive? [warning, long!] [more inside]
posted by TriparteGoddess on Apr 29, 2012 - 62 answers

Worried about my little sisters

I'm worried that my little sisters may be in an abusive situation, but don't know what's really going on or where I should go from here. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Apr 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Good Psychiatrist in Frederick, MD

Asking for a friend in need (adult, male): Good psychiatrist in the Frederick, MD 21703? Difficulty, takes Aetna.
posted by Towelie on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis

16 Year Old Son Has Been Diagnosed With Psychosis NOS/ADHD/ODD. It's been a year and still no reason for the psychosis. Counseling (among other things - see inside) hasn't worked so far, medication keeps him calm for a short time... we don't know what else to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 - 14 answers

What are the possible negative repercussions of seeing a psychiatrist about panic attacks?

I have been having anxiety/panic attacks for the past 2 years. I am considering seeing a psychiatrist. What are the possible negative repercussions, professionally, insurance-wise, and other, of doing this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 17 answers

How can I help myself when I don't deserve help?

How do I help myself when I feel like I don't deserve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Serious Getaway Destinations for a Burnout

Life/work-break destinations and activities for a person with a severe case of career burnout? Looking to take 6 weeks off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

cruelty

Is there anything illegal about being verbally abusive in a triggering way to someone with mental illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Mental health support in Tokyo

Help me help a friend suffering severe depression in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by harujion on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for a Psychologist in South San Jose

Recommendations for a good Psychologist in/around South San Jose? [more inside]
posted by twinA on Mar 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Going too fast at work

I get data review and entry work done extremely fast with no discernible lack of quality. But, I also have a persistent feeling I'm doing things wrong or missing important details. How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Will the cognitive problems associated with sepsis improve as the infection is treated?

Will the cognitive problems associated with severe sepsis improve as the sepsis itself is treated? [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 5, 2012 - 9 answers

My brain is making up a new version of English.

My brain regularly replaces words. Cute or scary? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Feb 22, 2012 - 40 answers

Celebrity culture and tragedy.

In the wake of Whitney Houston's death, I find myself thinking about the grotesque confluence of celebrity, addiction, mental illness and (frequently but not necessarily) death. I'd like to understand it better. Who has explored this thoughtfully, whether in essay, book, film, television, whatever?
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Feb 12, 2012 - 17 answers

How to help/contact a long distance friend with mental illness?

I have a dear old friend who lives on the other side of the country. He has a history of moderate paranoia/schizophrenia, and he was incarcerated for about a year as the result of an episode of illness. He's disconnected his phone, and I'm trying to figure out how to get in contact with him. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 on Jan 17, 2012 - 18 answers

What is the couch-to-5k edition of mediation and mental focus?

I need to bludgeon my anxiety to death in the most peaceful way possible. Many people recommend meditation. For me, attempting to meditate has been a miserable experience... a sad exercise in white-knuckled denial. Just thinking about it fills me with dread. I know this isn't the way it's supposed to go. I need something more than "sit quietly and allow your thoughts to pass by like clouds". I need the step-by-step, couch-to-5k edition of mental calmness and focus. Help me out, mefi. Give it to me straight, detailed, specific, and with absolute minimum of woo... the mental focus fitness program for someone who can't even lift a metaphorical 1lb weight. Book/media recommendations welcome too. (I'm in therapy already, btw. It's been helpful, but we're not specifically focused on my anxiety at the moment.)
posted by specialfriend on Jan 7, 2012 - 28 answers

I don't want to be sad anymore.

How can I battle depression and insomnia (I think they're related, actually) without meds or doctors? [more inside]
posted by bryanthecook on Jan 6, 2012 - 36 answers

The Asylum for Specially-Trained Concubines

Schools or asylums that trained young girls in some sort of speciality skill only to later sell them off to rich men: did they really exist? Do they still? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 27, 2011 - 28 answers

Is paying a therapist the difference between their rate and what insurance covers reasonable?

I see a therapist on a regular basis. I have health insurance with a small copay for these visits. Some time ago, my therapist asked that I pay the difference between the fee they bill for (their full rate) and the negotiated rate that my health insurance pays to them. This increases my out-of-pocket costs dramatically. Is there something odd about this arrangement?
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 - 24 answers

Taking on the responsibility of starting a career while dealing with severe mental health problems

I'm a lousy student about to graduate university, and I am interested in career opportunities which would allow me to help immigrants settle into their new lives (in Canada). My degree is in no way related to this, and I feel that mental health issues have severely diminished my mental abilities. Nonetheless, any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by costanza on Dec 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me find writing online about people's experiences with mental illness

I'm hoping people can give me recommendations for compelling personal accounts of mental illness online - do you know of any? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Nov 13, 2011 - 19 answers

Where can I go to mentally calibrate myself in PDX?

PDX Filter: Had a small meltdown last Friday and came home from work. Today I'm feeling completely detached from my job and I just want to get some help once and for all. What kind of mental health facilities can I call up today about getting in this afternoon? More snowflake-y stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines?

Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 3, 2011 - 27 answers

How to find a therapist that is a match made in heaven?

How to find a therapist tailor-made for my snowflake issues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 - 6 answers

I need life advice badly......

Need some life advice, I don't really know what I'm doing, I've failed so far miserably. [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Nov 1, 2011 - 39 answers

Is this legal?

Has someone violated my rights? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Oct 24, 2011 - 14 answers

History of Mental Institutions

I'm looking for a book about the de-institutionalization of mental hospitals in the US. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Oct 23, 2011 - 4 answers

At what age should children: a) No longer kiss their parents on the lips? b) No longer see their parents naked?

At what age should children: a) No longer kiss their parents on the lips? b) No longer see their parents naked? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 5, 2011 - 66 answers

Stare down the emotional pit or look elsewhere?

How do you deal with difficult family situations without imploding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

How to repair after major disrepair?

A few months ago, I had a complete physical and emotional breakdown and actually went temporarily insane. I'm ok now. How do I begin to repair the relationships that suffered during this time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 17 answers

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