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What Caregivers Can Do for Themselves

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How do family members typically cope when presented with the discovery or confirmation of mental illness in a family member / loved one? How do we come to terms with this new reality?  Read more about typical "Family Stages in the Recovery Process" - The process of how individuals in the family may adapt to crisis and loss.

Click here to view or print the article: The Family Recovery Process in EnglishSpanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Farsi written by LeRoy Spaniol and Anthony M. Zipple.  It shows how coping takes us from shock to recovery.


Here are some good reminders - developed by a group called 'Parents of Thresholds' - of things to remember when we may feel we have to walk on eggshells, or forget that caregivers have rights too.....

Guilt Free Bill of Rights


Here are some very practical tips and hints to assist you as family / caregivers better understand, live with and generally support your loved one.

Click here to view Practical Advice/Tips in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Farsi on medications, and many types of behaviors you may see in your loved one.


* Click here to read more about Lack of Insight


* Click here to view information on Signs and Symptoms to Watch for that may require attention or action on your part as family / caregivers.


* Interactive Tool: What is your stress level? (from Alameda County Network of Care)


* Care for the family Caregiver: a place to start


* Click here to see lists of FREE Support Groups for Family members


* Famliies of Mentally Ill - Self Help Clearinghouse (from AC Network of Care)


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