The family secret … will our schoolfriends find out that we have a brother in a psychiatric hospital?


 It is extremely difficult for a teenager to have to deal with a mentally ill brother. As much as they may love him, they find his weird behavior embarrassing and their worst nightmare is that the kids at school will find out and start making their lives a misery. As if it is not bad enough and sad enough to have a brother who is hounded by voices in his head that others cannot hear, kids often tell jokes about mental illness.

 I know that our daughters might have wanted to speak up. They wanted to but simply could not and that made them feel even worse. It’s a real catch 22 situation.

 There are many famous people who have admitted to having suffered from any of the following:-

 Depression, Bipolar Disorder (also known as Manic Depressive Illness), Schizophrenia, OCD (Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder) as well as Phobias.

Mentally ill people can be found all over the world and one in every hundred of them  suffer from schizophrenia  – and that’s without taking into account other mental illnesses.





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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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