Pop, pop, pop our pills …

POP, POP, POP OUR PILLS …(to the tune of the children’s song: (Row, row, row your boat)

Pop, pop, pop our pills

especially when we’re sad.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

then we won’t be mad!

.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

Clo, clo, Clozapine

It is really bad.

My doctor wants to up the dose

He’s an awful cad!

.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .  

Pop, pop, pop our pills

The doctor says we’ll gain.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

At least we will be sane.

                                   My son and a friend composed this jingle and sang it to us once.



A psychiatrist once blamed me for causing schizophrenia but over the last decade  or more, scientists have proved that there are distinct changes in the brain that occur in people with various forms of this illness. Having the finger of blame pointed at me was traumatic and I remember how I felt. My breath caught in my throat and I had trouble breathing for a while.

 Mental illnesses are disorders in the brain but they are really physical illnesses like heart disease or diabetes. The way that any other organ in the body can get sick, the brain can get sick too. This is worth repetition:

 The same way that other organs in the body can malfunction, so can the brain … And, no one is to blame.

No one can cause schizophrenia nor any other mental illness for that matter.

The family cannot cause it, neither can the patient.

There are some warning signs of mental illness however:-

Personality changes irrational fears, a lack of emotion,  deminished appetite, social isolation, emotional outbursts , the inability to concentrate, bizarre behavior, unexplained mood swings and talk of suicide.

If someone close to the individual notices any of these behaviors, it is a good idea to turn to a trained professional. Only a psychiatrist can make the diagnosis of mental illness.






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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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