NAMI Now – February 2015

The latest NAMI news stories, blogs and upcoming events from

NAMI.orgFebruary 2015


Llyod Sederer

When Mental Illness Enters the Family
Dr. Lloyd Sederer offers advice on how to care for a loved one with a mental health condition.

TeensYour Teenager: Just Moody… or Something More?
Anxiety and depression often first develop in adolescence. Knowing what to be concerned about can mean better outcomes.

Culture<br />  Counts

When It Comes to Getting Help, Culture Counts
For African Americans, the shame of asking for help for mental health concerns is still a significant barrier.


Taking Care of Your Heart and Your Mind
Does Valentine’s Day stress you out? You’re not the only one. Here are some things to make the day go a little easier.

President<br />  Obama

President Obama Signs Veterans Suicide Prevention Act
President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act to improve mental health care for veterans.

Not Alone

My Battle with Mental Illness
After years of going back and forth on this decision, I think it’s finally time to be open about it. My illness is nothing to be ashamed of.

Tufts<br />  Survey

USA Today

USA Today Blazes a Trail for Mental Health Care Reform
It’s rare for a national publication to devote a series to mental illness. But that’s exactly what USA Today did.

Home Film

Filmmaker Jono Oliver Brings African American Mental Health to the Screen
NAMI Wisconsin will present the film Home, the story of an African American man who is attempting to rebuild his life.


The Edge of a Cliff
What would you expect to feel if you were blindfolded and walking toward the edge of a cliff? Does distressed—at the least—or absolutely terrified and panic stricken come to mind? You’d be right.

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16 thoughts on “NAMI Now – February 2015

  1. Amy February 26, 2015 / 6:12 am

    Thank you for the updates. I think NAMI is a wonderful organization. I have been a volunteer in the past at my local chapter.

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    • Kitt O'Malley February 26, 2015 / 9:51 am

      Yes, and I smile at your response, but that metaphor is how a mother chose to express her initial fear of her daughter’s bipolar suicidality. At the end of her essay she has a metaphorical guard rail and backs further from the edge, but the risk and her fear remains.

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      • dyane February 26, 2015 / 5:28 pm

        Please God, I want a cure so that my daughters don’t suffer with bipolar.

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        • Kitt O'Malley February 26, 2015 / 9:00 pm

          Kills me to see my son suffer. He’s so sensitive. Gets migraines, allergies…very sensitive to both external and internal stimuli.

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          • dyane February 27, 2015 / 6:29 am

            I know we all struggle, but man, migraines? I can’t imagine. I recall my friend having them and having to stay in a dark room all day – unimaginable pain. Your poor boy! Allergies are awful too – I’ve had them and I’ve taken meds for them in the past – Seldane comes to mind.

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          • Kitt O'Malley February 27, 2015 / 10:01 am

            He’s had migraines all his life. When he was a toddler we thought that he had the stomach flu, for he would throw up for days. Then my sister pointed out that he reacted that way whenever it was a holiday. He was overstimulated. He didn’t actuallly get headache symptoms until later. When he was younger, his migraines would last days. Now he is on Elavil which is approved for pediatric prophylaxis of migraines, but we are tapering off the meds. As we taper off, he’s in therapy to gain some tools for stress management.


  2. SeasonedSistah2 February 26, 2015 / 3:23 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I am anxious to delve into these articles. My granddaughter who has been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder is visiting for spring break. I do so want to be a support system as well as encourage other family members and feel certain that some of the articles shared with give me further insight.

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    • cabrogal February 26, 2015 / 3:44 am

      Your desire to learn about your grand-daughter’s condition and how to support her is admirable and doubtless you’ll pick up a lot of valuable information.

      But my guess would be that the best thing you can be for your granddaughter isn’t a lay therapist, a skilled mental health carer or even a well informed friend to a mentally ill person. Don’t let her diagnosis define your relationship with her.

      Just be a grandparent. They’re one of the best things anyone can have.

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      • Kitt O'Malley February 26, 2015 / 9:42 am

        That is beautiful. Yes. She is the same granddaughter she has always been, and SeasonedSistah is the same grandmother.


    • Kitt O'Malley February 26, 2015 / 9:38 am

      NAMI offers support groups and classes for family members. The organization was created by family members of people with mental illness.


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