To watch the mental deterioration of a loved one is to experience an extraordinary depth of emotional pain and anguish. Unlike a broken bone or any other physical ailment, we’re left helpless to do anything but offer some comfort, trying our best to offer support to our loved one as he or she is left lost in an episode of psychosis or mania. The unpredictable nature of the condition puts them at risk of harm and us at the whims of a drop of brain chemistry, perhaps also at risk of physical harm or emotional abuse. There’s an element of trauma as we watch their behavior eroding, and an urge to run and hide unless we get help. We need an intervention, an organized event that will apply a strategy of self-realization that defeats denial, hopefully leading to treatment with a mental health professional.
Organizing and Building an Intervention Strategy
Mental health conditions can be difficult to diagnose and present different symptoms for different age groups. The complexity of the condition can defeat us before we gather any kind of momentum unless we focus our energy. We all know the crazy chaotic energy of New York is inherently attractive to all kinds of groups, drawing people like magnets to the vital atmosphere, but this chaotic environment can also swallow people whole, rendering them lost and alone in the crowd. The focus we speak of comes from a mental health intervention in New York, and it’s strategically designed to validate the mentally unhealthy loved one, to show them that there is a core family stability standing ready to offer support.
Defining the Strategy
There’s little room for error in an intervention. The situation may only allow for a single attempt at offering treatment before the mentally troubled father, son, family member or friend, rejects the entire event with a surge of confused emotions and feelings of persecution. One of the characteristics of mental illness is a break from reality, followed by paranoia. This mental state doesn’t lend itself to calm and reasonable discussion so we have to do all of our research and preparation before proceeding. The group must be completely familiar with the part they play, and the entire intervention has to be presented openly with love and honest concern.
The most recent contacts in the life of the mentally unhealthy loved one should inform the group of symptoms, of the chance of an emotional response, including but not limited to unpredictable episodes of rage and self-harm. Tailor the responses to hopefully anticipate these episodes, and always respond with reason and calmness, never escalating the emotional anguish.
Early interventions are critical in cases of mental health. A mental health intervention in New York already has so much to combat, and mental illnesses tend to be degenerative. By all means, construct a strategy and an effective team built of close friends and family, but act fast in battling the denial and the claims that nothing’s wrong. We’re fighting a situation that may escalate at any moment, perhaps to a point where suicide is considered. We need to guide with reason, to implore with concern, and show that there are treatment centers available where help can be found. Time and treatment, attending support groups where others suffer from the same condition, will show that there is hope and help in beating the mental imbalance. Medication may be involved and someone, a close family member, will always be close at hand to ensure treatment continues and medication is taken.