Mental illness is slowly becoming a larger and larger part of the general public discourse. More and more people are talking about the issue of mental illness and how it interacts with the healthcare system and how it impacts various communities and individuals. Mental illness is moving from being a taboo topic into a more widely discussed topic, and more and more people are seeking mental health treatment than has ever been seen before.
When a person is suffering from a mental illness, it has the potential to impact their daily lives. Sometimes it is hard to get out of the bed in the morning. Other days they may have mood swings or anxiety attacks. No matter what illness an individual suffers from, living with a mental health disorder is a struggle. It is lifelong and can be debilitating. There are many forms of treatment for mental health disorders such as therapy or medication, but not everything works for everyone. Finding the right combination of medication and treatment can take years, if not an entire lifetime.
Behavioral assisted living
Sometimes when a person suffers from a debilitating mental health disorder, it becomes very hard for their family to handle and take care of them on their own. Both physically and mentally ill persons often fear becoming a burden on their loved ones, which is why behavioral assisted living centers are a viable option for those who are finding their mental illness to be consuming their life as well as the lives of those who surround them. The term behavioral assisted living has many connotations, misunderstandings and misconceptions that come along with it.
Usually when we think of behavioral assisted living, an image pops into our heads that involves an older grandparent who is no longer able to use the bathroom or that forgets to eat, drink water, or take their medication. We think of older people sitting around tables doing puzzles, watching soap operas, and eating pudding cups. We think of quiet. We think of loneliness. We think of sadness.
What is an in-patient treatment center?
That is not the only type of behavioral assisted living that exists. Another popular form of behavioral assisted living is one which helps a family take care of a family member that is suffering from a debilitating mental health illness. Often there is guilt associated with what many say is ‘putting someone in a home.’ When it is a child, a parent may feel as though they have failed as a mother or father to protect and provide for their child. This is not true. As a parent, it is important to give your child the best life you can. Sometimes, the best life they can have is in a place where they can get the care they need from trained professionals and be in an environment where they cannot harm themselves or others.
When it is a spouse or friend that needs to be put into an inpatient treatment center, sometimes we feel as though we are betraying their trust. This person confided in you and came to you during a raw and vulnerable time in their life, and you may feel as though you are pushing the responsibility onto someone else. This is also not true. A true friend and life partner values the safety of their friend or spouse over all things. It is better for them to be alive and angry with you than dead. If they die, you may be left with the guilt of feeling that you did not do enough.
Our parents are the ones who raised us from the moment we were born. They gave us their all, and we can see it in their faces the sacrifices and difficult decisions that have been made for our sake over the years. When a parent is suffering from a mental illness, our first instinct is to take care of them the same way they took care of us so many years ago. While this may be efficient, often we are not equipped to give them the care they so desperately need. Sending a parent to a behavioral assisted living center could be the correct choice to make for their future. You can’t always be there for them, and you know deep down that that isn’t what they want. They do not want you to devote the rest of their time on earth taking care of them, and deep down neither do you.
The guilt that comes along with placing someone close to us in a mental health clinic is inevitable. The feelings of having not done enough are going to come and go, but you can find comfort in the fact that they are living a much more enjoyable and safer life under the protection of mental health practitioners who have done this many times before and know exactly what to do in each situation. Making mistakes in life is destined, but making mistakes in providing lasting care for our loved ones doesn’t have to happen.
Help from a mental health practitioner
In a mental health clinic, your loved one will be receiving top of the line medical care from well-educated and well-trained mental health practitioner. They can diagnosis them properly and give them the treatment that can be life-saving. Mental health practitioners are trained to work with people who are suffering from mental illnesses and they never give up. Trained professionals such as these will be able to provide all types of treatment options as well as give your loved one a life worth living. At centers such as these the top priority is the mental well-being of its patients, and it shows to be true each and every day.