I need to act quickly

How to decode emergency signals

Frequently Asked Questions

Since finding out about my loved one's illness, I have assumed a lot of responsibility to avoid overwhelming other family members. Did I make the right decision?

Despite the fact that you would like to protect everyone you love from the effects of the illness, it is impossible to do so. You should approach the problem as you would have before your loved one’s illness by involving all those concerned by the decision. Those who are most affected by the situation should have the opportunity to express themselves in the search for solutions.

Upon their release from the hospital, it was agreed upon with my loved one that they would be placed in a foster home. Some members of the family do not agree with the decision. How can I explain it?

The decision of whether or not to house a person living with a mental health problem is a very difficult decision and one that should be approached calmly and without guilt. First, it is important to seek the opinions of family members who live with your loved one. Depending on previous conflicts, it may be preferable to choose an alternative accommodation while still providing meaningful support. If there are family members who disagree with this decision, it is important that they identify the responsibilities they are willing to take on in supporting your loved one (for example : accompanying them to their appointments or actively seeking help in case of of relapse). That way, all members of the immediate family will be able to set their boundaries. Once a decision has been made regarding alternative accommodation, it is important to inform the care team so they can make the necessary arrangements prior to discharge from the hospital. Your loved one should also be informed of the decision as soon as possible. As far as extended family, friends or others are concerned, no explanation is required.

 

My loved one saw a psychiatrist following their hospitalization. They were diagnosed and prescribed medication. They are doing much better. When will they be able to resume their activities?

The answer to this question differs from one individual to another. Diagnosis and medication are just the beginning of the affected person’s recovery process. They may be unable to regain the same level of functioning. The care team can help identify realistic expectations regarding their recovery. The team may not be able to predict the course of the illness or have the answers to all your questions.

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