Valentine's Day Massacre: Not! Bipolar & Mental Challenges

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 8th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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MY brother Billy has been mentally challenged since birth and as his sister/caregiver, I have no problem dealing with that. It is when his psychotic, manic depressive illness kicks in and he will not try to help himself. I get frustrated.

Billy

For sixteen years, my older brother Billy, has lived with my family and I. To say it has always been a pleasure, would be a downright lie on my part. People that have a person that they love with a mental illness knows, it can get frustrating at times.

For the most part, Billy and I get along just great. I do understand that it has to be hard on Billy, he is my 'older' brother and here, his 'younger' sister is his boss. Just imagine if your younger sister was telling you what to do everyday and especially when you are a adult. This is the role I decided (my husband and 2 kids were all for it) to take on, my brother's warden/caregiver but, doing it with all the love a sister could.

So I can understand the dilemma Billy must be dealing with, if he listen to his little sister his life goes pretty smooth. If Billy doesn't listen to his younger sister, he will spiral out of control and he will either go on a upswing (highs of bipolar) or he will spiral down.

Lately Billy has been ignoring the chores he is suppose to do around the house. The very work his counselors have told him he must do. Billy is refusing to do it and it has been a source of tension between him and I. I seem to have to get him up and make him move constantly. This means Billy is going on the down swing.

I have my own physical issues to contend with and Billy is making it so my pain level is off the charts. Stress is not a friend to someone whom lives with a muscle disease. I was at my wits ends, I have run out of ideas and then, the blank Valentine's Day cards came.

What Mama wrote on the back of the photograph: Denise is mad, Billy did not wipe his feet before he entered her pool. I made her hold his hand ha ha

Help Arrives

Billy came home last Friday with some construction paper, they were for him to make Valentine's Day cards for his friends at school. Yes they were just plain pieces of paper, folded over to make a card. Just blank canvases and nothing more. Billy had them tucked in his back pocket and they were for the most part, wrinkled and no good.

Billy walked into my room and showed them to me, he never asked me for any help, it was just a matter of fact, 'I have these cards for Valentine's day'. To be honest, at first I thought, he can just write 'From Billy' inside of the card and then I would decorate them, as I usually do but, not this time.

I think Billy can participate a bit more in this project, Maybe it can help to get Billy out of this down swing he has been on for weeks. When Billy goes on a down swing of his illness, he will get depressed and just will not get up and do what he knows he must. Plus, I have been having to do his chores and I think he should help me.

Sometimes when you have a person in your life that has been diagnosed as being psychotic, manic depressive (bipolar), and they are on a down swing. They would rather just lay around and not even put up a fight against the illness they live with. When this happens, it is up to you, as the caregiver/warden to make sure you put a halt to it.

Be By Their Side

Will it always be easy, well let me just say this, hell no! You are only human and you can only take so much. You see them taking the wrong road and you try everything thing you can think of to change it, only for them to thumb their noses at you and withdrawing more.

Yes Billy and I have had arguments, Yes I have yelled, yes Billy has yelled but, it usually last for a minute at the most, then we are both apologizing to each other. We are siblings and it happens.

The last thing I want to do is sit by this person that has done nothing but, do all he can to make me mad, just because he is hurting himself. Even though I want to just run away at times, I must be there for Billy, I can not fault him for his illness.

So we are going to make some darn good Valentine's Day cards and maybe Billy it will help Billy break through this down mood and make him want to fight once again..

Make it Easy, Enough

Make things easy for them but, also make them have to challenge themselves a bit. We are not only trying to get Billy out of his low, we are trying to help build his confidence, so he will have the "I can do it" Attitude, so he is able to bring himself out of this funk.

I say this because, even with the help from the counselors, psychiatrist, the medication and my family and I, Billy will not come out of his mania unless he wants to. Billy must do the work, we are only there for moral support and to give him as much guidance, as he wants us to give him.

I will still have to do most of the work but, as long as Billy pulls his weight, enjoys himself and maybe gets out of the low he is feeling. I have no problems doing it. He makes me mad at times but, I love him.

For the Guys

Billy informed me, the guy cards are not to be lovey, dovey. So I decided on a baseball theme card for the guys. Billy will colour in the bats (I will cut them out) and I will draw the baseballs and Billy will cut out them out.

I will write what needs to be put on the outside of the cards: I hope you... Knock it out of the Park.

I will print out what I want Billy to write in the inside of the cards: With your Valentine! Billy.

We will both glue the bats and baseballs to the front of the cards. If I make this part of our activity something we do together, in a assembly line, then Billy does not notice I am doing more and maybe this will help give him some confidence. When Billy is in a low he has no confidence, he is so unsure of every move.

Just friends!

I will do the same with the girls cards, as in, make them simple for Billy to do but, also make him work a little for the final product. I want to reinforce the fact to Billy, he can do things, even get out of his down swing.

Billy said that I could make these pretty but, I must remember, they are just friends. I had to laugh at that. So I thought we came up with a good friendly but, a pretty card for the ladies.

I wrote on the outside of the card: I picked...these flowers.

I wrote out for Billy to put in the inside of the card: Just for you. Happy Valentines Day! Billy.

I had drawn the flowers and stems. Billy coloured them and we both glued the flowers to the front. I have to keep Billy's mental challenges in mind when doing a project. At times it can be like walking on a tightrope.

Now Billy can honestly say we both made these cards. I know he is excited to bring them to their Valentine Day party at school. Maybe it is a start.

Love is Here

At times I must seem like a warden to my brother, do this, take that, go there. There is nothing but love behind it and on occasion a bit of frustration. No, there will be no massacre come Valentine's Day, Billy and I love each other.

Billy and I have 7 more cards to make tomorrow, they are for the wonderful staff at the school he attends 5 days a week. I don't want to overload Billy, getting him up is good but, we must not over excite him or he will go on a up swing and that is a whole different monster, for another day. I also want us to make them a plate of the peanut butter cookies they all love.

The pink card was handed to me last Friday, from my brother Billy. I will just say, he called me a super star and top banana in the inside so, I think we will be just fine. Will this one session halt Billy's down swing, I hope so but, only time will tell.

All I know is, if I don't try it, how will I ever know if it will work and how will Billy ever get back from his low, if I do not try.

Billy and I's story from the beginning...

You Are your brothers keeper: When Bipolar goes Awry. Part 1
You Are your brothers keeper: When Bipolar goes Awry. Part II

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author avatar Denise O
I live in Georgia, USA. I am a granny to 3 precious children. I am Mama to Bugg and two human beings. I was once married to a wonderful, Dan.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Dear friend Denise O,

You write such enchanting stories of real life!

I love this kind of story-telling from the factual experiences of wonderful life.

Life lived with the near and dear is always a great memory!

Your brother is a blessed soul to have such a loving and caring sibling like you.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you my dear friend for such a nice comment. I find Billy and I help each other through this thing called life. The lessons he has taught my family and I are countless. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Floris56
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Wow! You have your hands full. I am my wife's caregiver. She has severe cerebral palsy (CP). 70% of CPs are intellectually challenged. Not my wife. She is smart. She has a couple college degrees. But she cannot walk, her hands are nearly useless and she has a speech impairment. She is also busy and I am her secretary. Among several committees, boards, task forces, etc that she serves on she is on the Developmental Disabilities Council for the state of Ohio. This year she serves as chair. So we travel a lot, mostly to Washington, D. C. and Columbus, OH. It is all a challenge for a guy who is 69 years old. I'll post here a couple things I wrote about my experience with her:
http://authspot.com/poetry/the-work-of-life/
http://authspot.com/poetry/rennie/
There is also an article here on Wikinut I wrote about people with disabilities.
I wish you the best in the future with Billy. You are a brave woman.

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Feb 2012 (#)

This was such a heart touching read Denise, and as you know I have two people in my life who are Bipolar too so can really empathise with the emotional mood swings that come with the territory, and also the problems when they go off their meds. You are an exceptional sister and caregiver to Billy and this was a really great Star Page article...Here's hoping Billy rebalances again very soon my friend. A Valentine hug to a special lady that I am proud to call friend.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

I did think of you more than a few times while writing this article. You know firsthand what it is like both, the ups and the downs. One thing Billy does not do is forget his medication, he shows us his meds each and every time he takes them (twice a day) so he knows he has taken them ad also, so we will know. The meds can only do so much but, as you know, if they do not want to work out of it, then the meds only help so much. Thank you for your valentine hug, I can use it right now. I hope Billy can get on a even scale for his sake. We both had our hearts broken a few years back and it seems I am just not able to get Billy back, all the way. I will never give up though, no matter how much Billy hates it.LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar johnnydod
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Once again you have come up with a terrific page Denise, you deal with the subject so very well, and in a way that's so easy to read. you and your piece are star quality,

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Awww Thanks Johnny, you are a sweetheart. I use to think my writing was too simplistic but, at times I feel that is just what we need. Thank you for reiterating that. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Buzz
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Oh, this is such a poignant feature article, Denise, of your brother Billy. Superb Star page, my friend.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks my good friend Buzz. You are a doll, always so supportive. I really appreciate you taking the time for me, you are tops! As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Denise, I really do know how stressful and trying it can be to have to deal with and care for a physically and/or mentally challenged loved one. I did it for just ten years with my stepson and step daughter and then it was only on a part-time basis because they were both adults and living in group homes. I give you all the credit in the world because I don't think that I could have handled dealing with them on a 24/7 bases. My hat is off to you because it takes more than just love to be able to do what you are doing. I have always respected you, Denise, but I respect you even more after having read this.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

Jerry, what can I say, what a message. Thank you for what you have written. At times it can be hard but, just as I buck up and handle it, I am sure you would do the same thing. I wish my family (birth) would help out, once Mama passed, I have been all alone. All that is left on that side of our family are a bunch of drunks. The only time they call Billy is when they are smashed and everyone else has not answered their phone. When they do this, it really upsets Billy, he is happy talking to them but after, he gets depressed because, they are drinking their lives away. So, I am happy they do stay away, for the most part. Jerry, thank you for your very kind words, having your respect means so much to me, as I have tremendous respect for your. As always my friend, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Feb 2012 (#)

loved he handmade cards.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2012 (#)

For sure Peter, it means so much more than just to go buy some. I just know he will have his chest pumped out the day he puts his cards in his friends Valentine box. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Robb714
12th Feb 2012 (#)

For those of us with (touched) love ones, you are a blessing, blessed and an inspiration. Your crown of glory is going to be very heavy but you will be able to carry it high based on all the strength you have gained in this life with your love for others.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Robb thank you for those very kind words, I do appreciate them but...
I do not always do the right thing. When Mama was here and this was going on, she would put a stop to it. I could hear Mama now "Billy, you better start doing your work and acting right, Denise does not deserve this!". She always ended with a positive convo but, she gave it to him before hand. Funny thing is Robb, I do love and it is weird how some people just do not accept it. Oh well, their problem, not mine. I am having a hard enough time getting my story straight, for my judgement day, remember, I was old enough in the 70's to do what I wanted, now it was the 70's, geesh. LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Carolan
12th Feb 2012 (#)

what comes up in my heart to say to you Denise is not only thank you for your piece, but blessings be upon you for your profound caring...thank you..

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author avatar Denise O
13th Feb 2012 (#)

You are too kind really. I have a team of folks that help me. You are most welcome. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar M G Singh
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Another excellent post Denise. Good show

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author avatar Denise O
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan, you are a good man. I am really liking your formatting big time here lately. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Sorry for not commenting sooner. I have added this to Google +

What a great tribute to awareness that people with mental health issues should not be tossed aside, and can be included in our lives.

Happy Valentines day to your family.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Feb 2012 (#)

No problem Mark, I mean, it is not as if you are busy or anything like that. Not! LOL
Thank you Mark. One thing that happens with the mentally challenged and especially the elderly is, they are pushed aside, even in their own homes. I am sure I get on my brothers last nerves at times but, he is never pushed aside from his family (mine and Mama's family). Thank you for putting it out there for me, I really appreciate it. My grandson (21 months old) Tristan just left from spending yesterday until 2 this afternoon. My muscles are singing. I just wanted to show my son (when he picked him up) one of my pages and then I noticed I had some hits. I must answer them. But other than that, I must go lay on some rice socks and rest. Then later give jealous Buggah some of my time. He is really bad, he pouts if he is not numero uno.LOL
Anyways Mark, thank you. Happy Valentines Day to you and your family. Have a blessed day.:)

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author avatar Jules Castillo
13th Feb 2012 (#)

thanks for sharing a real life experience.... i didnt even know that bipolar disorder before

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author avatar Denise O
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Anytime. If I can help one person know that they are not alone in all of this, I have done my job. Thank you cowboy for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Feb 2012 (#)

Dear Denise: I believe there are only a few who are given this kind of strength. You are blessed to have this because I believe it is God-given. You are also dealing with your own ailment. I can only say that I am proud to have a friend who is carrying so much with such courage. I only hope that you take care of yourself as you are so very special. Love, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Ivyevelyn, I am dealing and yes it does get hard during the times my muscles are screaming. I am taking care as much as I am able to. I know it will all work out in the end. God is my source of strength, that's for sure. Thank you for your very kind words and hon, thank you for cating about me. As you know well, we do what we must do, period. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar krrymarie
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Take care of yourself to Denise,
Loved reading this, it is hard to look after family members ad being a carer I see how hard it is. do you not have community care out there? cos if you did they would help you.

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author avatar Denise O
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Krrymarie, sure I do. My brother goes to a day school for 5 hours a day. There are five counselors of sorts and they are tops! He has a psychiatrist and a good doctor. After saying all that, things can still go haywire. We all do what we can but, Billy still plays a key role and if he does not want to do right then, all we do, is for not. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Feb 2012 (#)

Denise, I know that there must have been a divine hand that choose you and Billy to be family... you are a gift to each other... you both inspire me in so may ways...I send you hugs and Happy Valentines to your whole wonderful family...

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Awww Thank you Delicia, back at you. I hope you had a great Valentine's day. I do wonder at times but, it all works out in the wash. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Feb 2012 (#)

I forgot to say you are amazing my friend...just amazing...

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2012 (#)

You are a amazing friend also. One day young lady, we shall meet. Have a blessed day.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Feb 2012 (#)

I have to salute you, Denise, for your understanding, sisterly love, kindness and above all patience. Billy is indeed fortunate to have you as his sister - God's gift! If I just say I understand what you are going through will be just an understatement. Your being the sole caregiver at the end of the day will surely be draining and you also have to take care of your own health. I can only pray for a miracle so that Billy can turn around so much for the better. I always believe even in adversity we benefit, but it is tough to go through them without much respite. I recall your earlier articles and I know you have had a tough life but still find the time to share moments of happiness with others. Take care, Denise - siva

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for the prayers for my brother, they mean so much to both of us, what a great gift. Siva, I too believe adversity helps you grow and also makes you appreciate what you do have. Have a blessed day. Thank you for your kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar princess
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Belated Happy Valentines Denise! You have done a great job as a young sister and caregiver of your brother. Your brother is very lucky to have you. Please do take care of yourself as well. Congrats on your star page... a very touching real life experience which raises awareness on how to deal with bipolar individuals. hugs and kisses for you! :)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Princess, back at ya. I do try and as I have pointed out, I do fail at times but, I never let it get out of control. All I have to do is think of the confusion that must be going on in his mind and I do what is right. Hugs and kisses back at ya. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
15th Feb 2012 (#)

Of course this got a star page, Denise - because you tell your heart-felt story in such an honest and wonderfully-penned way. Your frustrations and stresses are perfectly normal - but you know that. I know you do.
And then - the Valentine card - oh, how heart-warming that was for you. I cried when i got to that section
All the best to you, Denise. You're MAGIC.
P.S. Your images hold a bit of MAGIC too.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Feb 2012 (#)

Awww Thanks hon for your very kind words. Yes it can be frustrating and then it all works out. So many people suffer from either not having family members to help or, there are family members that are frustrated because, they do not have the resources I am so lucky to have. It is really sad. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
16th Feb 2012 (#)

You really do have an interesting life filled with so much responsibility as well as blessings! Thank you for sharing this insight about bipolar with us! I will keep you and your brother in my prayers! He is so blessed to have you in his life and so are we!!

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author avatar Denise O
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Miss Judy for the prayers, what a wonderful gift you have bestowed on us. I would say interesting really describes my life to a tee.LOL
But as you have rightly pointed out, I am very blessed and I know it. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar ittech
17th Feb 2012 (#)

thanks for share

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author avatar Denise O
21st Feb 2012 (#)

You are most welcome, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
21st Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you denise, from the bottom of my heart. We have a son with mental health problems that he runs away from at times, refusing to take his medication. It is sad seeing him spiralling downward, knowing nothing we can do can help, except being there. It is also scarey.

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author avatar Denise O
21st Feb 2012 (#)

You are most welcome Val. Val, this has to be the most frustrating problem of them all, them avoiding to take their meds. We know it will help them, 'they know' it will help them and yet, when they go into a spiral (up or down), they do not want to help themselves and all you can do is sit on the sidelines and pray they will snap out of it. Where I do have a edge though is, Billy is mentally challenged from birth, so this keeps him in a childlike stage and always will. We set his meds up in a pill case and he is to show Dan and I his pills before he takes them. Now I do go behind him and sneak a peek, as he will walk away and then lay his pills down and forget about them. Billy, like any child would do, wants to please and if we pat his back for remembering to take his pills, he is eager to show us the next time and that wins over, him wanting to avoid them because, he wants to wallow in his illness, as they do at times. Val hon, you are doing all you can. It is like Billy's counselor has told me so many times over the years, I can only do so much, the meds can only do so much and you can only do so much but, Billy must do his part or it does not work. I live with so much guilt at times because it is frustrating and after weeks of seeing him spiral in one direction or another I will lose it, meaning: I yell at him (yes he yells back), Why are you not trying to get out of this! We are all doing all we can and yet you do nothing. I then cry, we apologize to each other and we then talk about it for a hour and at times two. At this point though, it has been going on for weeks and I am at my wits end. I use to have our mama help but, she is no longer here. If Billy would act up and I would call her, oh geesh! Her yankee butt would bless him out and Billy would start saying, yes, I know, you are right. Then we would be fine for a month and at times for months on end. I honestly have no one now on my brother and I's side of the family that will pick up the phone and back me up. It is so frustrating. I am sorry you are going through this, you, your son and family are in my prayers and thoughts. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar ittech
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Great share, thank you.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar gold stand
24th Feb 2012 (#)

I also have a cousin suffering from psychosis. Good thing to know is that it is becoming mild because of the intake of his medications plus the acceptance of his family. It is stressful to handle such people but once they would respond to you with love. You cannot explain the feeling. During my clinical duties at a psychiatric hospital here in the Philippines, I realized that patients suffering from Mental disorders are nicer to interact with than normal and ordinary people. The only tool and weapon to help alleviate the suffering of such patients from us future nurses is ourselves, to provide therapeutic and tender loving care to them. That shall also apply to the primary caregiver. Nice story you have... thanks for sharing...

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Gold stand, Billy is so blessed with a group of people, that work at his school, he attends 5 days a week. They have a nurse, a few teachers and counselors. Billy will also meet with a psychiatrist every month or more if needed. Each and every one of them are just tops when it comes to caring. Most of them, Billy has had for the last 11 years. We are so blessed to have these wonderful people in our lives. I agree, they are happy but, I also attribute Billy's carefree and fun loving attitude to the fact that he was mentally challenged from birth. He suffered horrible seizures for most his childhood. Daily and at times even more. Mama was told Billy would always have the mindset of a child of 13 and after raising a few, I tend to agree. Like with most 'psychotic' manic depressives, when they go down in the low of their lows. They get mean and at times violent. Billy gets angry at times (very few) but never towards violence. But yes, love and care is what he needs. Do I always do it the right way (remember I am his little sister) no but, I put my heart and soul into helping my brother, I just get frustrated at times. Last a minute and then it is gone. My husband Dan also is a great help, as are my children whom are all positive and show him nothing but love. As with all the dogs we have had as a family, we all just love him. Thank you for all the work you do, in helping others. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Elove Poetry
26th Feb 2012 (#)

i ain't fan of non-fiction, but guess this, and more of your articles, is changing that???

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Elove, what a sweet thing to say. I am also working on childrens books (Bugg, Sweet Tee & my grandson Tristan's adventures), so maybe I might share some tales here. I am no poet but, I just love your work and so many others here on Wikinut. To be honest, I never read poetry until I started to write here, now I just adore them. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Very wonderful article, Denise. My sister was bipolar so I know what you are experiencing. Have faith!

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author avatar Denise O
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Christine, I still have my faith and it does help. You written 'was', did your sister pass?
If so, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed day.:)

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author avatar Vernazoa
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Bipolar illness strikes the bright minds and slow minds too. Hospitalizations and medication has been my life. My health is bad too. By the Grace of God...I continue...Just like the tide going in and out.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Mar 2012 (#)

You keep going hon, I know it is a struggle but, you can make it through this, I just know it. You are in my prayers. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise Larkin
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing. I love reading your work.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Denise, I also like your hon, so we are even.LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar D in The Darling
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Having a mentally challenged sibling is no small matter. may God reward you guys for all your love and support you give your brother.

Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
10th Oct 2012 (#)

This is a beautiful, brave and loving story. You are a hero, and I hope you always remember that every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep. Thank you for sharing this inspiring piece of your life with me:)

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Awww thank you for your kind words, they mean so much to me. Hero no (thank you for saying so) but, a sister that loves her brother, you betcha! Thank you for stopping by.:)

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