Archive for January, 2013

Adolescence and Violence: What We May Never Understand

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Around the same time 2 weeks ago during the Houston Texas Community College shootings, Nehemiah Griego, 15 years old, shot his family to death in Albuquerque New Mexico. The young man allegedly murdered his family with two rifles (a 22-Caliber and a semi-automatic military style rifle). Griego is currently facing child abuse and murder charges.

Grief and Loss: When Seasons Change

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

A very real part of living with or dealing with an individual with a severe or untreated mental health disorder is loss and grief. For the rest of us, unexpected change can usher in feelings of loss and grief.

Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Behaviors, and Subcategories (audio clips)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


Marcello eMMany families often say that living a life with schizophrenia is a long journey for everyone involved. For many, the journey feels like blindly walking through a forest where many trees block the view of the road ahead. As discussed in the previous article, schizophrenia is often viewed as “a diagnosis with a poor prognosis.” Some studies show that schizophrenia can be improved with appropriate and timely treatment. Medication adherence is often the most important part of treatment. Sadly, because of the symptoms and behaviors involved, it can be very difficult for individuals to remain on their medication. For this reason, schizophrenia has a poor prognosis.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment: Why It’s Needed

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Watch these short clips from the Treatment Advocacy Center on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) and why we need legislation to seriously consider the need for AOT.

Why consumers need assisted outpatient treatment


A family’s journey toward saving their daughter


Refuse to be a victim, become informed!



Psychiatric Care and Your Loved One: Know Your Legal Rights

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

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Taking control over a loved one’s mental health care is extremely important. Families or caregivers of an individual with a severe or untreated mental illness often believe that they will automatically have the legal authority to make decisions on their loved one’s behalf in the event they cannot make decisions themselves. The reality is that parents, families, and caregivers have limited to no legal control over an individual by the time they turn 14. In many states, an adolescent as young as 14 years old can make legal decisions on their mental health treatment and refuse to be compliant.

Getting Started: Offering Hope Through Knowledge

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013



It is quite an honor to be given, by Psychcentral, a broader platform to speak about the issues that plague lives in this nation. We have so many issues to discuss, reflect upon, and reform. It is disheartening that we, as a society and as mental health professionals, only think in-depth about mental health treatment and severe or untreated mental health when something tragic occurs. It is usually when the tragedy strikes at home and the fear of becoming a victim of violence strikes at our innermost being that we react.

Welcome to Caregivers, Family & Friends

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Most of us know someone who has mental illness. For some of us, it is a loved one or a family member. For others, it may be a friend, classmate or co-worker. People who suffer everything from depression and bipolar disorder, to severe anxiety and even schizophrenia.

Some of us live closely with such folks, responsible for their care and lives.

All too often, there just isn’t a lot of resources or support for such caregivers. Or the information and support out there is lacking. I hope this blog by Tamara Hill, MS can change things.

This blog is primarily about the challenges facing family, friends, and caregivers who have a family member with an untreated or severe mental illness.

Here’s an example Tamara will talk more about:

In the state of PA (where I am), it is VERY difficult to get an individual with a severe, untreated mental illness involuntarily committed if that individual has not threatened harm to him/herself or another person. In the case of John Shick at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (the man who opened fire on staff in 2012), he was turned away from the hospital a day prior because there weren’t enough beds. Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) laws may have prevented the incident.

The blog is intended to help offer social service resources and inform family, caregivers, and friends about challenges and holes in the system. Tamara says, “I will use a lot of videos, news reports, and questions to stimulate discussion.”

“I’m of the firm belief that knowledge is empowering and many families lack knowledge, which leads to a lack of empowerment,” notes Tamara.

I couldn’t agree more. Please give Tamara a warm Psych Central welcome!

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