|Re: Question about severe emotional distburbance/mental illness incohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 06:17:12 -0800 (PST)|
Cecile <seaseal [at] got.net> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after restoring digest subject line. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Lee Collins wrote: > If he is mentally ill...they may not be able to protect him or > anyone else from the consequences of his behavior. The same applies > to addictive behavior. What a helpless feeling! Either way the > process of accepting this and letting go is long and painful. I'd like to respond to this part of the many thoughts on mental illness in this discussion. First, I don't think "letting go" is a sustainable response to what people have said about the youth (I'm going to choose to speak about both girls and boys) in a cohousing community. Members have so much more to offer than anger and blame. The youth is caught in a whirlwind of activities that all point to self-medicating. This is an indication of a chemical imbalance in the youth. This behavior is currently dealt with mostly by prescription medications (which are especially dangerous to youth) or by "letting go" to let someone or something else (a drug) handle it. The police are rarely trained to deal with illness. In the middle of the reaction spectrum are treatments such as a careful analysis of the youth's nutritional practices and remediations such as supervised stays where nutrients are administered until the balance is restored. (Joan Matthews Larson has such a clinic in MN. http://www.healthrecovery.com/) Cohousing residents can take other actions that support and help such as massage and other bodywork and physical exercise such as hikes or aquatic aerobics. These relieve some of the physical symptoms and pain that result from poor nutrition. Acupuncture and acupressure are wonderful responses too. The chemical imbalance can be fixed. This is important to know. The correct information is necessary however. Encourage the feuding cohousing residents to invite a range of speakers to group meetings. Only getting one perspective is not enough (but you know this already, eh?) This will provide support in this community / village child-rearing. If the anger and fear are dealt with, the youth can be supported. The pain and other physical symptoms will disappear and the behavior will become acceptable. People with diagnosed mental illness will recover when these four areas are available: ? a secure place to live ? a valued presence in the community (skills, talents, work) ? support from family ? support from the community. These four things are take from a book titled Toxic Psychiatry. I recommend reading that book before any prescribed medications are used. Mental illness is the last civil rights issue. Shadows of stigma and discrimination follow the term. The parents and youth are shamed and blamed instead of supported and nurtured. Cohousing is the very best place to do something positive and sustainable for this youth, for the residents, and for the parents...before it's too late. It will make the entire community stronger. Cecile seaseal [at] got.net Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Re: Question about severe emotional distburbance/mental illness incohousing Fred H Olson, December 14 2008
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