Understanding the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability

To help a loved one with a psychiatric disability, first a family member must understand the individual. But is this really possible? How can we understand what goes on “inside the head” of anyone, much less someone with a psychiatric disability? Fortunately, this is now more possible thanks to the efforts of intrepid individuals willing to write, talk, and broadcast about their disabilities and their effects.

BiPolar: Crazy Mermaid’s Blog is by a self-styled “Bipolar Delusional Psychotic Mentally Ill Woman Involutarily Committed to Mental Hospital” who writes about her experience with late onset bipolar disorder. As she says, “I’m writing this blog  to give people- especially people whose family members have a mental illness- an idea of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. As a card-carrying member of the mentally ill population, I am in a perfect position to spew forth a plethora of information on various aspects of mental illness.” Connect to her blog in our “Read…” section here.

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