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How can I help my friend get help for suspected mental illness?

I'm sure that my friend (who lives cross-country) is dealing with un-diagnosed untreated mental illness. I'm 99% sure it's bipolar disorder, based on lots of information and evidence. I don't want this thread to be about diagnosing, but rather about how to help (I think we can agree that the steps I should take to help would be largely the same regardless of what he's grappling with, right?). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm Okay, You're a Wreck.

Coworker/friend/mentor really, really depressed... and with good reason. Can/should I help? How? Wall o' sadness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2012 - 11 answers

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle?

What to do about a babysitter who appears to be having a mental breakdown/serious depressive episode? [more inside]
posted by Scattercat on Dec 6, 2012 - 30 answers

How to recover from a very public psychosis.

How can I get over periods of psychosis and depression by putting it behind me, gaining some experiences and achievements to make the relapses feel like less of a big deal?or How can I stop thinking about me? [more inside]
posted by Erred on Sep 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Help Me Help Bi-Polar Partner

My partner suffers from bi-polar disorder, manic mood swings, and chronic fatigue syndrome. I need help. Books and personal experience please. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Shit Mittens on Aug 29, 2012 - 6 answers

My mom won't bathe.

Ideas to help a mom who won't shower or bathe. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Aug 15, 2012 - 17 answers

I wish I could be a completely different person.

I have so many problems--I'm so far from being the person I want to be --that I don't even know where to start. If you were me, what would you do this week to try to build up to some change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2012 - 45 answers

Bipolar family member draining everyone's health

My sister (in her 20's) has recently been diagnosed as bipolar, after many manic episodes that have previously been attributed to depression. Right now she is staying with our parents and driving them crazy - every time I talk to my mom on the phone she is either close to tears or past that line. I have no idea how to help, maybe you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Can you really hold down a job? REALLY?

How do you figure out whether or not your mental illness is serious enough to (basically) permanently stop working? Are there books or worksheets you can use to sort this out? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

What happens if you're diagnosed with a mental illness?

What are the potential consequences of having an official mental illness diagnosis on your record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 19 answers

An Especially Different Unhappy Family Story

My mentally ill brother may not be doing so well. I'm estranged from the rest of my family. How to address? Wall of sad text within. [more inside]
posted by angrycat on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

I need someone to make sure I do my chores...

How can I find help keeping up with life? I need an option between permanent supportive housing and crap, I haven't taken out the trash or paid a bill in three months. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on May 14, 2012 - 13 answers

What advice would help this family?

What can I do to help my mother and siblings cope with an abusive parent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2012 - 5 answers

How to deal with a mentally unwell (but not threatening) former intern?

Former intern has become mentally ill and sends numerous disturbing (but not threatening) emails. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 28 answers

Is post-mood episode cognitive impairment permanent?

Significant cognitive impairment following first major bipolar manic/mixed episode -- is it permanent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together?

Do people prone to depression and similar illnesses tend to (unwittingly?) form social groups together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me help my wife.

I need professional help with trying to save my marriage to a person who has had profound anger, anxiety, and depression issues since childhood. I need help with leading her toward restarting therapy (and potentially toward reconsidering her insistence on no chemical treatment). Our relationship is in serious jeopardy and we have a child. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 16 answers

the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How do I explain a university medical withdrawal to a prospective employer without damaging my chances of being hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 - 17 answers

How to Reconcile Faith and Mental Illness

My ex-boyfriend's schizophrenia turned me into an atheist (more or less), but that loss of faith kind of took me by surprise. I'm still thinking about it sometimes, and wondering how religious people reconcile themselves with the idea of a mental illness that produces religious experiences? [more inside]
posted by brisquette on Dec 3, 2011 - 26 answers

How to help a 5 year old cope with sudden mental illness in a parent?

What can I say to a 5 year old, when his parent is mentally unwell? How can I explain, what can I do with him, and what structures can we put in place, to make his mother's (temporary, but severe) illness easier on him? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Nov 20, 2011 - 19 answers

I can't just stop thinking, though that would probably fix things.

Breaking out of habitually intellectualizating my feelings - I'm looking for a how-to guide of some sort. Preferably not all about mindfulness. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Nov 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Will my doctor friend lost his medical licence if he checks into an inpatient mental facility?

My best friend is a doctor in Miami (with a board-certified specialism) and he's having a nervous breakdown. He's afraid that if he checks himself into a mental hospital he'll lose his licence to practice medicine. I have couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Divorcing a person with BPD

I need to end my marriage, but don't know how to tell my husband I want out, since I fear for my property and personal safety. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 - 41 answers

I have it on good authority that I get to keep my shoelaces!

I'm going to an intake (evaluation/show-and-tell) session at a psychiatric partial hospitalization program, due to severe social anxiety, ADHD and most importantly my current acute bipolar depressive episode. What kinds of questions should I be asking? How should I prepare? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Aug 28, 2011 - 13 answers

How can I tell if someone is lying about their brain cancer?

Are we party to someone else’s delusion and/or scam? I am concerned that a colleague of my husband’s is so mentally ill/needy that she has invented a lethal illness; and now this deception/delusion has spread to involve many other people. Long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 - 61 answers

I have a family history of mental illness. I've been in therapy for four years without incident, but lately my anxiety and sadness seem out of control. What do I do now?

I have a family history of mental illness. I've been in therapy for four years without incident, but lately my anxiety and sadness seem out of control. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Aug 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Caring for a sick parent

My mom had breast cancer several years ago, and developed lymphedema, which she was managing with pain medication until last November. In November, the pain management clinic decided to change her medications, which led to a gradual but dramatic decline in my mom's standard of living. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Do Schizophrenics Commonly Accuse Think Others are Possessed?

When a mentally ill person begins to talk about other people being "possessed by demons" is that a red flag? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on May 28, 2011 - 25 answers

Things that are more interesting than studying for the bar include:

I am interested in the problem of outing and coming out as it relates to mental illness. Can you point me to any good resources (books, articles, blog posts, anything) on this subject?
posted by prefpara on May 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Thriving as an adult after a dysfunctional authoritarian childhood?

Resources for adults who have trouble living day to day after growing up in an authoritative family in which abuse was present? [more inside]
posted by GEB's fun world on May 7, 2011 - 6 answers

So I missed out on my 20's...

So I missed out on my 20's, how to catch up? Should I catch up? Lengthy explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2011 - 15 answers

My Mind Is A Hot Mess, That Means It's Time For Grad School!

Bipolar, doing better, wanting to get an MBA... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Book recs for living with borderline personality disorder

Can you suggest any great books about living with borderline personality disorder, either for partners or for people with BPD tendencies and behaviors? also, am I ruined forever? I feel like damaged goods. I'd be happy to hear from anyone living with BPD, too.
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 18 answers

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Nov 16, 2010 - 41 answers

There's no "there" there.

How do I talk to my mother about her depression, especially when I'm trying to create better boundaries but simultaneously plan for my family's future? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Oct 25, 2010 - 9 answers

I don't know how to support my mentally ill mother.

How can I best support my family in a situation involving domestic turmoil and mental illness? This is an abnormally long question but I tried to include everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 19 answers

IQ, Working Memory, and ADHD

I'm looking for information on the differences in distribution of IQ and working memory test scores between those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and the general population. Ideally, I'd like to see histograms for each group.
posted by elektrotechnicus on Jul 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Rise UP! Document the system! (Documentary How to?)

ActivistFilter: I'm done, I'm going rogue, I'm fighting the system, I'm doing it Guerrilla style, I'm 100% serious: Our first project is a documentary, but we don't know how to make a documentary. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 2, 2010 - 19 answers

Hounded by mom

My mentally ill mother hired a private investigator to track me down... among other things. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 33 answers

Damn, that cat is crazy!

Can animals go insane? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Mar 24, 2010 - 39 answers

How to help someone who is showing signs of psychosis?

My best friend appears to be sliding into psychosis. Who and how should I approach in order to help him out? I know IANAD and YANAD - but I need less info on diagnosis and more info/personal experiences/stories about reaching out to someone who has a undiagnosed mental illness in order to help them. [more inside]
posted by operaposthuma on Mar 10, 2010 - 29 answers

Have you seen this online video?

Where can I go to view/download the full episode of 20/20 which aired Friday, March 5th, 2010? Hopefully for free? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Mar 6, 2010 - 5 answers

Japanese Mental Health and Welfare Law

Where can I find English translations (or, heck, even a Japanese version) of Japanese laws relating to mental illness and patients' rights? [more inside]
posted by Lirp on Feb 10, 2010 - 5 answers

"You're not listening. Don't you understand? You're not going to be okay."

How do I learn to accept a severely modified life as a result of a psychiatric disability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 - 17 answers

help me help my friend after involuntary hospitalization

Tell me what I need to help a family where the mom has just been suddenly and involuntarily committed to hospital for psychosis in California. [more inside]
posted by kch on Jan 7, 2010 - 14 answers

How do you get a 19 year old who has already been convicted of a felony into rehab for cocaine abuse?

How do you get a 19 year old who has already been convicted of a felony into rehab for cocaine abuse? Family complications outlined inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me deal with my mentally ill father, who I still need to talk to.

How should I go about handling my (very) mentally ill father who goes through (primarily) emotionally/psychologically abusive phases with anyone he holds a relationship with? Completely cutting off contact is probably not a solution for a few reasons. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2009 - 23 answers

Mental illness and sin

I am looking for a forum or community (e.g. Facebook group) about mental illness being dismissed by churches as sin or demon possession, or people with obvious mental illnesses not being referred to doctors by their pastors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 4 answers

How best to help someone who thinks you're out to get them?

Seeking some advice on how to best help my father in law. You are not my lawyer; you are not his doctor. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Sep 1, 2009 - 3 answers

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