The phrase Add Link To Mental Illness is one with several possibilities for me as a website owner.
At first, when seeing the term I thought it was intended be a call to action for me to link this page to websites focusing on mental illness.
It was only recently that I saw what many others saw, a term used by those with questions about how ADD or <i>attention deficit disorder</i> could have a correlation to mental illness.
For those of you who are searching for information about a possible link between ADD and mental illness, let me just say there was a time when my wife and I were also exploring that link.
We too were desperate parents seeking answers when we first heard the term attention deficit disorder.
Yet I was surprised at myself for originally thinking that the phrase was being used by those building websites who were interested in adding links to mental illness websites.
So it was that my first link was to an organization that helped us in dealing with the impact of ADD on our family: <a href="http://NAMI.org" target="_blank">NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness</a>, which is the nation’s largest grass roots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
That was my original plan -- wanting to suggest a mental illness link that could guide those with mental illness questions to find helpful resources.
Let's face it. Mental illness exists in almost every family I know. Whether families admit their loved one is mentally ill or not, let me urge those questions to take action in getting help.
Of course, for the purposes of this career change website, a question often asked, at least to ourselves, is "How will a diagnosis of mental illness affect my career?"
Careers are definitely impacted by mental illness of any kind, even to the point of motivating career change. For example, my own father made a career change decision because of the erratic mental state of my mother.
Unfortunately, his decision was made far too late. How late? The day he finally made the decision to treatment reveals how late. My mother died the very night Dad finally committed herr to our hospital's psychiatric care unit.
Why would I share such personal information about mental illness? To do all I can to convince families to take action as soon as possible to find help and resources for their loved one.
So for me to add a link to mental illness websites is one way I can help you avoid pain and suffering many of us who lived in denial experienced.
Insist on a physical examination early on. Had we done so, we could have avoided so much pain, not just for my mother, but for the entire family as well.
Regarding ADD and your questions about Attention Deficit Disorder let me suggest the same course of action, seek medical help.
Our ADD and Mental Illness concerns again were treated with denial on our part for years. I do want to preserve some privacy regarding this issue so as to be fair to another family member.
If you observe any indications of mental illness, take action as quickly as possible. Denial only leads to greater grief and pain.
Let me urge you to explore NAMI's tremendous mental illness informational resources for understanding the steps you can take in finding treatment for your loved one.
I have met pastors whose decision to expand their ministry beyond that of the local church was based on a new focus for their pastoral career, finding help for their spouse or child.
That is why I recommend ChurchStaffing.com to the pastor whose ministry situation may need to be re-evaluated in light of a family member being diagnosed with mental illness.
I admire pastors and spiritual leaders whose motivation for changing careers was to meet the needs of a family member required a great deal of time, whatever the diagnosis, so they became caregivers.
Of course, there is always the stigma that is associated with mental illness that, for some reason, causes shame. Yes, that was true for our family, so I do understand denial and shame. In my opinion, there is greater shame in not responding to mental illness, whereby families ignore mental illness in their loved one.
In our denial our families experience far greater harm and disruption of family life and career than had we sought help.
Let me encourage you to focus upon the needs of your loved one above all else, finding the help they need in treating mental illness.