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Caregivers - Mental illness in South Africa

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Unity Submitted on the 2012/03/16 07:07:06
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Having a family member with a mental illness can be very stressful.
Whether the ill person is a son, daughter, husband, wife, brother or sister, you will be affected by their illness too.
A person with a psychiatric disorder often needs much love, help and support.
At the same time, the problems, fears and behaviour of your ill relative may strain your patience and your ability to cope.
There are many different kinds of mental illness, and each has its own symptoms.
During periods when your relative is ill, he/she may be demanding and disruptive, or extremely withdrawn and inactive. In fact, an ill person's behaviour may keep on changing because the symptoms may fluctuate.
Whether you suspect, or know for certain, that a member of your family has a psychiatric disorder, you will probably find that it helps to learn about the disorder.






It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/03/16 07:08:21
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Coping with your relative's symptoms

Much of the unusual behaviour associated with some mental illnesses is beyond the control of the person with the illness.

At times, your ill relative may embarrass you in front of friends and neighbours. Because it is difficult to talk about your relative's problems with people outside your immediate family, you may not offer an explanation.
Many families, unfortunately, give up their own social lives when a relative becomes mentally ill because they are nervous about inviting people into their home.

While it takes courage to tell your friends and family about your relative's illness, it is not good to isolate yourself. Try to find ways to explain the illness and the treatment to others, and to talk about the discomfort you and other people feel as a result of your relative's behaviour.

Although your relative cannot "turn off" the symptoms, there are limits to the kind of behaviour you can deal with in your home. If your mentally ill relative is doing things which put him/her or anyone else in danger, you may have to refuse to let him/her continue to live with you at least until the dangerous behaviour changes. ( plain and simple, treatment time )




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.



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Unity Submitted on the 2012/03/16 07:11:15
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What can you do in a crisis?

From time to time, your relative's symptoms may become severe. When this happens, it is important for him/her to see a psychiatrist right away.
This can be easy if he/ she agrees that help is needed. If your relative refuses to visit a doctor or to go to a hospital emergency room, you have a much more difficult situation on your hands.
If all your efforts to persuade him/her to go for help fail, try to get someone else involved. If you think he/she is becoming dangerous to anyone, you can call the police and ask them to take him/her to the hospital.





It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/03/16 07:13:56
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Caregivers looking after themselves


It's very important that caregivers look after themselves and remember that they need time for themselves, if they are to care for the patient.
If caregivers are experiencing problems - for example, if the patient calls them many times a day at work - it's vital to set down some boundaries. It might be important to decide how often one will be available. This can be hard to stick to, especially if one is being threatened, and one may need to enlist other people's help.

A person diagnosed with mental health issues may feel that they have no control over their feelings; they may blame others for everything.
Caregivers should make sure that they have someone they can turn to, to help them look at what is happening and make sure they don't take the blame for everything.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/03/16 07:16:18
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A person that has any mental health issue can have very low self-esteem, and it can help them enormously if one can emphasize the positive parts of their personality.

It can be extremely difficult caring for someone Mental Health Issues. They may try very hard to control others, because they feel so out of control of themselves. There may be periods when they refuse to talk to family/friends or are angry with them. This can be very painful and may make caregivers feel powerless.

Caregivers may find that the patient panics and reacts very angrily when they want to leave or to go somewhere. They may beg caregivers to stay, or hurl words of abuse. It can help if caregivers focus on how they are feeling, rather than trying to argue with them.



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2012/03/16 07:17:43
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I have found for myself, been a caregiver the best way I recharge myself is sleep, long hot bubble baths and having a support team I can turn to.




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2016/01/20 20:31:15
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Since moving I found taking my time messing around in the yard really helps me...




It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/07/08 14:47:22
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After speaking to the counselor from SADAG, she gave me some extra tips on caring for myself.

One seems to forget how important your own well being is...



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/07/09 12:37:42
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The best way I found to assist my son is by sitting with him, allowing him to vent or simply talk. Some days it is random messed up other days he is full of ideas and has life in his eyes.

Never give up on Mental health...

Stay safe...



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


Unity Submitted on the 2020/07/16 14:12:50
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To care for yourself is not spiteful it is needed.

Eat healthy, stay focused and be kind to yourself..

Blessings...



It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.


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