November 01, 2005

Supporting Loved Ones With Brain Disorders

Read more... Schizophrenia Coping

Millions of people in the United States are suffer from some disease of the brain. The symptoms of these diseases can have many consequences in the mental, social, and physical functioning of the patients and often drastically change or hinder their day to day life. But brain disorders do not only affect those diagnosed with them, they also impact the patient's loved ones or caregivers. Caring for someone with a disease of the brain or watching as a loved one suffers can be very stressful. Fortunately, there are many ways you can cope and help alleviate some of the strain. Peer support networks such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, or those here at can provide advice, educational material, and a sympathetic ear. Many symptoms of brain disorders are often confusing and misunderstood. Therefore, it is important to learn as much as you can about your loved one's disease and talk to them about how they are affected. Be active in your loved one's treatment and get to know their doctors. But don't forget to take care of yourself too, eat right, exercise, and take time to relax, so that you will be able to continue to offer support and care. It may also help in your loved one's treatment if he/she prepares a Psychiatric Advanced Directive. This document expresses a person's wishes regarding his/her treatment for times when he/she is not capable of making personal decisions.

Karen Berner Arcuri. “Support loved ones with mental illness - and take care of yourself.” Herald Today Oct 29, 2005

More Information: Support Group Websites


Thank you so much for this information!

As a caregiver it is not easy to be on an even keel all the time - to provide the calm and support for a loved one struggling with schizophrenia. Thank you for this understanding !

Posted by: survivor at November 4, 2005 11:26 AM

I'm glad I could help, that's what this site is here for.

Posted by: Megan at November 10, 2005 07:51 PM

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