Sectioned Under The Mental Health Act
Mental health can affect anyone....
For the past few weeks now I've been battling with my wifes depressive moods ever increasingly getting worse and the paranoia that came with it. up until three weeks ago everything was ok or as well as could be, she has been depressed for awhile but obviously not to this extent where she heard voices that said bad things.
I must confess about my slight ignorance of any issues with mental health, because I always assume it is related to things that the person does to end up that way, but over the past few weeks we as a family have come to understand that progressive depression could lead to mental health problems and the stress that this causes and we are there for her as much as possible.
My only regret is that I wish I could have picked this up earlier as she did show the signs of this early on but I thought it was just the way she was at times as she would shout alot anyway, but I suppose the turning poin came when she said that there was cameras and other devices listening and watching her every move.
This is when I got in touch with NHS direct, which is a phone number for people who live in the uk which gets filtered through all the sections of the health service when you ring the NHS direct number and the crisis team for mental health came around on the same day, actually within an hour or two and then repeat visits were made with doctors and nurses of which medication was prescribed.
But the problem arose when my wife refused to take the medication which would help her sleep and calm the voices down, meanwhile my two kids don't really understand the situation although my oldest Jack knows that mummy isn't well, my young daughter Shannon just thinks it's a normal occurence now and everyday behaviour.
They say that mental health issues can sometimes be halted or dealt with with either a combination of medicated drugs and counseling, I just hope she gets through this as......... I love you Amanda and our kids love you very much!!
Naturally mental health is a terrible thing for all who experience it, but if you know someone who is close to you who is affected by mental health, do not despair there is help and support out there and all my wife has recieved is plenty of help from me and the family aswell as the wonderful help and support of the Crisis team who deal with these types of situations on a regular basis and I suppose it's not until you go through something like this that you understand the work that health professionals do.
My thoughts are with you Amanda......
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