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  •  Thank you for all your comments on this diary. (5+ / 0-)

    I am a behavioral scientist by profession. I also have a sister with borderline personality disorder. In her third major self-harming episode of 2012, she has been hospitalized since 11/9 after an intentional OD of coumadin. 6 times her prescribed dose. Of blood thinner. But her doctors claim she is not an imminent threat to harm herself if discharged to live in the community.

    Anyway ... that's a topic for the weekly WYFP diary. Just wanted to say that I have found all your comments carefully considered and respectful of the different stakeholders in mental health policy. It is past time to reopen the discussion, and that requires such attention to nuance.

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    by susanala on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 11:00:03 PM PST

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    •  My respect is deep, susanlala (1+ / 0-)
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      You have been through a lot with your sister. It sounds, to some degree, like things I've been through with a schizophrenic grandfather and uncle, and more so with a friend, plus an ex who committed suicide; he had mental health issues which I can't recall the specifics of now. I think when you've been through stuff like this, you care deeply. It's often when there are mass murders involving mental health situations that I most think of these things.

      It is a good WYFP topic, and yes, one which requires nuance.

      I would like, personally, to diary about my stories and my friends' experience in particular: it was alarming to me that a woman with schizophrenia who tried to kill herself violently PLUS contemplated killing her children was left alone with them for half of the week as per the state. I think she was a very kind person and a great friend. But she also did have delusions that were profound. Sometimes she also had hallucinations. She sometimes knew it at first, but then would slip outside of it quickly and no longer be able to get help. The state saw this as "enough" to keep her in the house.

      Her kids were both developmentally disabled. I'm sure they just didn't think they had the resources for them. They told me this the night I came up. They asked if I could stay overnight because they had no place to put the kids. I did, but I couldn't do that in the long term. So she was in for three days, stabilized on an injectable antipsychotic, and released. She continued to have breaks with reality, and eventually I lost touch with her. That's a diary, in my view, but I've had a technical glitch about writing one for a while now.

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      by mahakali overdrive on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 08:31:02 AM PST

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