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An eleven page chapter from my upcoming book Psychiatric Tales, which will be out from Blank Slate in early 2010. Feel free to point out any errors or make any other comments.

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Well done and thanks for putting out this powerful piece of work.

.....and to the family member (who clearly has their own difficult story to tell), don't assume that anyone's experience "trumps" anyone else's. Surely you aren't suggesting that, because *your* life has been hard, we should continue to marginalise, suppress and treat inhumanely those people who experience distressing experience of mental illness? What we need, absolutely, is better support for family members but that should not be to the detriment of great stigma-busting work like this.

The writer should be congratulated and supported for his bravery and honesty, not further harried bcause someone has had a bad day. So have we all, but let's work *together* and get some reality and understanding out there.

Bad day? BAD DAY? Tell that to my aunt, who has been without a husband for 16 years after my schizophrenic mother murdered him. I've had 25 years of nightmares about her, and that's AFTER she completely turned my childhood into an inescapable hell. And I STILL have to take precautions to ensure that I'll be able to protect myself if they ever let her loose. After 15 years in the hospital, they finally let her out to take a walk one afternoon, and within an hour she turned up in a gun shop.

I'm sure it's very easy for you to say what awful people the family members are. Apparently YOU don't have to live with a severely schizophrenic person in your household on a daily basis, or live with the consequences of what they will do to your life FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. Nobody said we don't want them treated well. Even I want my murderous schizophrenic mother treated well, and I get other people to communicate with her for me to ensure she is being treated well in state care. (She is. Thank you, New Jersey.) But it's arrogant presumption for you to have the unmitigated gall to lecture us about what is appropriate behavior on our parts toward our schizophrenic relatives. We have to do what we have to do to survive, and if that means deciding, however painful it is to us, that we have to push the schizophrenic person out of our life and go hide from them so they can't bother us any more, who the HELL do you think you are to tell us we're bad people because of it, or to say that we're merely having "a bad day"?

I read the comment above yours as saying that your experience is equally valid as a family member as the person suffering from the mental illness, but it works both ways, and that we should be looking more into ways to support family members, working to help them to support their loved one.

Mental illness does have a massive stigma attached and any tool that aids us in busting myths about them is useful. It is just one tool in a pattern.

I rather thought, also, that the bad day comment meant more about posting here, than the interaction between family and person, but that may be my reading of it. YMMV :)

I'd love something like this for dementia, depression and possibly SAD!

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