Grieving Mental Illness - The Mental Illness Education Project, Inc

As a professional caregiver, I have worked with people who suffer mental illness, and with their families and friends. I have witnessed and been touched deeply by the grief of mental illness: the shock, disbelief, anger, guilt, heartache, outrage, and, for many, the disappointment that the illness they are experiencing cannot be cured, only treated. Often there is also self-doubt and self-blame: ‘Did we cause this? Where did we go wrong?’ There is anger at the professionals: ‘Doctors should have medication for this’. There is struggle: ‘My husband has an illness that makes his behavior terrible to live with, but I feel that to leave him would be to abandon the love of my life’. There is shame: ‘I’ve behaved so weirdly when I’ve been really ill, I’ve shamed my children and my husband forever.’

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Psychosocial Health Podcast

People with schizophrenia are five times more likely to commit suicide than those in the general population, and their suffering, due to delusions, hallucinations, impaired cognition and impaired social functioning, is well documented. However, no studies to date have looked specifically at the lived experience of loss and grief in schizophrenia. This week, Michael Bouwman talks with Maria Mauritz, who says people with schizophrenia have normal grief reactions, but their prolonged experience of loss can lead them to lose self-confidence, autonomy and ambition, and to develop a sense of meaningless. Maria says hallucinations cause people to lose trust in their own senses, for example, wondering, “Am I actually hearing this”, and she identifies a sense of not belonging as a common ongoing, painful experience. Maria believes it is crucial to ask people with schizophrenia about their feelings and look at what is motivating their behaviour. She says like all people experiencing grief, they need comfort and consolation, so it is important to find out what it is that comforts them. She says small things like asking people how they are, and offering a cup of tea, are important–just treating them as human beings.

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Sometimes it is so nice to just be a guy. Not a guy with SZ. :relieved: