Mental health conditions can be hard to cope with. If someone develops a serious mental health problem they will need a lot of help and support to deal with it. The services offered often do not seem to be enough, and the Carer may need support for themselves to cope.
You may find attending a support group helpful because you will meet other people who are coping with the same situations, as well as hear speakers connected with mental health issues.
Carers Milton Keynes runs support groups for Carers of people with mental health conditions.
There is also a support group run by Rethink – contact them on 01908 585085 for details.
The Mental Health Carers Support Team work as part of the Joint Mental Health Services providing support, information and advice to carers of people who use the services. Contact Beth Lawrence, Carers Support Development Co-ordinator, on 01908 340967 or email her.
Sometimes it may take time for a complete diagnosis to be made you may be given the names of the symptoms rather than an actual condition eg psychosis or paranoia. The following is a list of symptoms and actual conditions. Some people may have more than one of these disorders:
- depression – all types
- affective disorder
- bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- borderline personality disorder
- personality disorders
- illicit drug dependence
- alcohol dependence
If you are supporting someone who suffers from these kind of disorders you may welcome help in knowing how best to communicate with them. Communication works best when straightforward and friendly but not emotional. Understanding what to expect and what is normal for someone with these disorders is very helpful.