How many of us have known a family like Adam Lanza’s, a James Holmes,
or others that commit a preventable tragedy? How many of us have
witnessed or personally experienced the lonely desperation that devours
the family who try in vain to get the needed treatment and support for
their afflicted loved one? How many of us know the drama and trauma that
comes with an untreated severe brain disorder with anosognoia and
psychosis? How the untreated disorder drains every family resource;
usually leaving them broken, helpless, and wondering how this could have
happened? How many of us know but ignore and turn away?
Anosognosia is a brain malfunction in the frontal lobe. It prevents an
individual from having insight to their condition so they will not seek
treatment on their own. It is not denial. Anosognosia allows the brain
disorder to control a person’s thoughts and behavior. Anosognosia cannot
be talked, prayed, or loved away it must be treated.
reading Liza Long’s viral blog, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” now entitled
“Thinking the Unthinkable,” memories of raising my own son sent my
pulse racing and my blood pressure soaring. Even though it’s been over a
decade since we faced our own trauma and drama. I can’t believe that
families like ours still cannot secure treatment compliance and support
services for the ones they love, fear, but still care for!
it lack of reliable information? Is it stigma? Is it the diverted
funding that prevents the implementation and proper enforcement of
current laws or the making of needed new ones? Is it a lack of hospital
beds? Is it lack of public awareness or lack of professional
accountability that allows this gross neglect of those most seriously
impacted to continue? We must stop ignoring the issues!
time is brain, the right early intervention, treatment compliance, and
support services can save brain cells that are needed for a recovery.
Our family is living proof! Our son has been relapse free for ten years
and is enjoying a lasting recovery!
1: Implement, fully fund, and enforce a National Assisted Outpatient
Treatment Guideline for each state to follow, creating strict
psychiatric and neurological criteria for those who would qualify and to
ensure compliance with prescribed treatment. http:/mentalillnesspolicyorg.blogspot.com/2012/03/samhsa-vote-assisted-outpatient.html