When Psychosis Results in Holes in the Walls

By Kathy Day

 

Many people who experience psychosis experience anxiety and anger so severe that they strike out at walls, doors, and furniture. This is not the same thing as being a danger to themselves or a danger to others. It can become a dangerous situation if it’s not handled well by family or others in the vicinity, and learning the proper skills to deescalate situations like this are important to learn. (You can learn these skills from a MyHealios coach, by the way!). 

It’s important to help our loved ones calm down. That’s not always easy when the voices are strong and our loved ones can no longer stand the torture. We can help by reducing stimulation, by never yelling at them when this happens, and sometimes by playing soothing music... Read more

How Do I Provide for My Loved One When I'm Gone?

by Kathy Day

 

One of the most difficult issues families will need to deal with is what will happen if they outlive their ill children. After all, we take care of our kids and are there for them, always. We know them, know their history, what treatment works and what doesn’t. What if something happens to us? Who will take care of their financial needs that aren’t covered by Medicaid and social security? There is something that can help put your mind at ease. Special Needs Trusts (SNT) are a financial vehicle for providing for your adult children after you’re gone. With assets held in an SNT, your loved one can still qualify for government benefits like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). There are limits to the amount of cash a disabled person can have and still qualify for these benefits. An SNT is a legal way to transfer funds and still be eligible for benefits. Even if our loved ones don’t need Medicaid or SSI, more programs are available to them if they are considered eligible for benefits. These programs include living skills programs and other programs designed to help our special needs loved ones... Read more.

When Your Loved One Can't Get to the Doctor

by Kathy Day

 

About two and a half years ago, my family member had an experience that caused a deeply held delusion. At least, I think it was an actual incident. It could just as easily have been a psychotic delusion that started this firmly held delusion. My family member had been put on an involuntary psychiatric hold in the local ER. The only bed they could find was three hours away from us. To get there, the ambulance had to drive on a narrow, high bridge over a wetland area. ...read more. 

Dealing with Substance Use in Schizophrenia

by Kathy Day

Did your family member use street drugs long before they were diagnosed with schizophrenia? I know mine did. In the beginning, I thought the drugs were causing the odd behaviors I was noticing. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and actually hoped it was due to drug abuse. After all, I knew people with addicts in the family…. But I sure as heck did not know anyone with schizophrenia in the family... read more.

Psychosis vs. Schizophrenia, Part II

by Kathy Day

In an earlier blog about psychosis vs. schizophrenia we talked about symptoms of psychosis and symptoms of schizophrenia and how they differ. Psychosis is a major symptom of schizophrenia but can also be due to many other diagnoses. People with urinary tract infections, for instance, can have bouts of psychosis. Alzheimer’s patients may also experience psychosis.

The Mysteries of HIPAA

by Kathy Day

For caregivers of people with schizophrenia, one of the most difficult barriers to assisting in our loved ones’ treatment can be the misinterpretation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  Even though this Act became law in 1996, there is still much confusion about what HIPAA does and does not do.

What is Anosognosia?

Caring for Someone with Schizophrenia

As family caregivers forge ahead and learn more and more about schizophrenia there’s an important characteristic of the disorder to be aware of and to learn how to deal with. It’s called “lack of insight” or "anosognosia."

Maryland is failing its mentally ill residents (by Laura Pogliano)

A judge is holding the state’s acting health secretary and other top officials in contempt of court, ordering them to open dozens of beds at state psychiatric hospitals by the end of the year. (Pamela Wood / Baltimore Sun)

Psychosis vs Schizophrenia: What is the Difference?

Psychosis vs. Schizophrenia: understanding the distinction between the 2 

What Can Parents of Children With Schizophrenia Do To Help?

Caring For Someone With Schizophrenia: What Can Family Caregivers or Parents of Children With Schizophrenia Do To Help?