Newsletter from the Healthy Place site this week

November 24, 2009

I have a page for them with a new group getting started with family members (parents, grandparents) who want to support someone who has been diagnosed with MPD/DID.  Lady Jz Talk Zone 


Here’s what’s happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

When A Family Member Has A Mental Illness

The letters we receive from family members could rip a hole in your soul.

"My wife emptied out our savings and retirement accounts and went on a $230,000, 3-day shopping spree. Carla is bipolar. I was extremely angry when I found about it. That was two weeks ago. Last night, she committed suicide." – Dan

"My daughter’s eating disorder has led to complete anarchy in our house. We’ve tried everything, therapy and hospitalization for her, therapy for us, all the time having to walk that fine line of utter frustration, our own sanity vs. hers. We’ve gone from living a good, middle-income life to being mortgaged to the hilt. Our youngest son is angry because attention has been diverted away from him and my husband and I are at odds over how to handle this. I’m scared to death of what’s next." – Monica

Having a family member with a mental illness can be very stressful and it’s guaranteed you will be affected by their illness too.

A person with a psychiatric disorder often needs much love, help and support. At the same time, the problems, fears and behavior of your ill relative may strain your patience and your ability to cope.

So what’s a family to do? Mental health professionals first suggest learning about the psychiatric disorder so you understand what you’re dealing with. Getting counseling for yourself and attending support group meetings for families (NAMI, DBSA, CHADD, Mental Health America, AA and other addiction all have local support groups across America), where you can share the frustrations and get "insider" feedback, can also be very helpful.

Even being armed with a good understanding of your loved one’s mental illness may not be enough to get you through the tough times, as you’ll see on this Tuesday’s HealthyPlace TV Show (more below).


Share Your Mental Health Experiences

Share your experiences and thoughts about the impact of mental illness in the family or any mental health subject, or respond to other people’s audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


"Mental Illness in the Family" On HealthyPlace TV

Rebecca’s life is in tatters. Her daughter has Dissociative Identity Disorder and, so far, has revealed 19 alters … and she’s only 12 years old. It’s cost Rebecca her marriage, her job, and she might even lose custody of her daughter. Her story and helpful suggestions for surviving mental illness in the family on Tuesday’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Join us Tuesday, November 24, at 5:30p PT, 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST. The

show airs live on our website. Rebecca will be taking your questions during the live show.

In the second half of the show, you get to ask Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, your personal mental health questions.

Coming in December on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show
  • Overeating: The Emotional Pain and How to Cope with It
  • OCD: Scrupulosity

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share you personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

Previous HealthyPlace TV archived shows, click the "on-demand" button on the player.

Coaching The Materialistic Child

Do you have "give me, give me" kids? In today’s materialistic world, where what they see is what they want, how do you teach your children to be satisfied with what they have?

Just in time for the holidays, the Parenting Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has some ideas for turning your child from an "all-the-time getter" into at least a "sometimes giver."  Coaching the Materialistic Child

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Why Do We Hate?
  • What If A Recovery is All in Your Head?
  • How to Find Mental Health Care When Money Is Tight
  • How To Be A Leader
  • Shameful or Shameless–Which Would You Choose?
  • Therapy 32 Times More Cost Effective At Increasing Happiness Than Money
  • Innovative Therapy That Offers New Hope For Borderline Personality Disorder

That’s it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you’ll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below.  For updates throughout the week, follow HealthyPlace on Twitter.

Thank you,

Community Partner Team – America’s Mental Health Channel
"When you’re at, you’re never alone."


One Response to “Newsletter from the Healthy Place site this week”

  1. Gloria Says:

    Very nice post. I thought to let you know that you website wasn’tt getting displayed properly on skyfire web browser on my pda.

    Have a good time…sorry for typos

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