Helping a loved one who is experiencing a severe mental illness, especially someone who may not realize they are sick, is one of the greatest gifts you can give. For some, it may mean the difference between life and tragedy. ~ Treatment Advocacy Center
“Because my son needed services so badly, I was driven to be an advocate and find the best mental health services out in the community. Unfortunately, in Nevada, that’s a struggle,” she said this week.
Adam got caught in a common cycle beginning around age 13 — when he was faithful about taking his medication, he was healthy and productive. Then he would consider himself cured — wanting to free himself from the stigma of mental illness — and stop taking meds. When problems quickly arose, he self-medicated with drugs and alcohol. Jail, emergency rooms, institutions.