Thursday, June 29, 2017

UPDATED: My personal experience with mental health

Image result for Dale Chihuly art installation images
"The many colors of  bipolar mood disorder"
Dale Chihuly art (Internet) 
The National Association of Mental Health says 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health condition in a given year and only half get treated. EvergreenHealth  provides a modest "in -home" mental health service. They don't employ psychiatrists.  In 2017, Evergreen built 14 transitional care beds to keep their mentally-ill patients from being "boarded" in their Emergency Department.  They sponsored a community awareness event last year emphasizing 1 in 4 have a mental health "disease." (Don't worry, it's not contagious :)  It was a free educational forum; no commissioners attended. (EvergreenHealth Medical Center is a public hospital.)  

For your friends and family needing psychiatric diagnosis and treatment Overlake Medical Center offers a wide variety of premier services.  Very important, they have highly trained science-oriented doctors.  Kaiser Permanente in Factoria also offers excellent behavioral health services.  Poor mental health is often inherited.  My brother, sister, a cousin and I have a spectrum of mild mental health conditions. It's difficult for many to talk and live with the illness because mental health conditions are stigmatized in our culture.  Employers may discriminate and some acquaintances might ignore you. To get hired and protect one's career many with "the disease" remains silent. 

Dale Chihuly, too, has struggled with his mental health. Now 75 and still in the thrall of a decades-long glass artist career, he discussed his bipolar mood disorder in detail for the first time in an interview with The Associated Press.   Several  photos of his amazing glass art are included in this article.  

Bob Yoder


John Reinke said...

Thanks very much Bob, for printing Dale Chihuly's story about his struggles, as well as your comments about your own challenges and those of some of your family members.

I admire your courage in speaking out on this topic.

Bob Yoder said...

Thank you John. It's so much easier to talk about this with friends like you and neighbors than the public. And, I can't tell you how much it helps to have your unconditional acceptance and support. It's all too easy to become isolated so thank you!

Peter said...

Hi Bob,

Thank you for being open about mental health and the challenges with it. I grew up with an older sibling who has borderline personality disorder. Being the younger I got a lot of the flak. I read "Stop walking on Eggshells" by Mason and Kreger. A difficult read, but a necessary one. I actually feel sorry for her and wish she would get help.

She was so sweet and in less than 5 seconds would turn into a monster! Shen she got married much later in life, my brother discussed whether we should warn her future husband, we did not. She and I are not on speaking terms.
Thanks again,

Peter McDonald

Bob Yoder said...

Hi Peter,

Sorry to hear your struggles. I looked up BPD on the web. The article recommended:

Remember the 3 C's rule

Many friends or family members often feel guilty and blame themselves for the destructive behavior of the borderline person. You may question what you did to make the person so angry, think you did something to deserve the abuse, or feel responsible for any failure or relapse in treatment. But it’s important to remember that you’re not responsible for another person. The person with BPD is responsible for his or her own actions and behaviors.

The 3 C's are:

I didn't cause it.
I can't cure it.
I can't control it.

I hope things improve for you and your family.