Respond in a Crisis

The experience of living with depression or bipolar disorder, which often begins with painful and debilitating symptoms, can ultimately provide people with unique insights about diagnoses and the ability to help their peers, as well as to provide hope and inspiration. Helping others can aid people with mood disorders to build their confidence and to maintain their own mental health.

Family members or close friends are the people most likely to recognize when a loved one is approaching or in a crisis. Acting swiftly and effectively when warning signs of a developing emergency emerge can produce better results than allowing a situation to deteriorate before acting.

What Do I do?

Mental illnesses are brain disorders that can disrupt a persons feelings, moods or ability to relate to others. If left untreated a person could become a threat to themselves or others.  NAMI Indiana offers a booklet that describes the general parameters of what to do to get help in a psychiatric crisis.

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Helping Others

The experience of living with depression or bipolar disorder, which can often begin with painful and debilitating symptoms, can ultimately provide people unique insights and abilities to help their peers, as well as providing hope and inspiration. Helping others can aid people with mood disorders to build their confidence and maintain their own mental health. Link to DBSA: Helping Someone with a Disorder.   www. dbsalliance.org

Crisis Help

People may need to go to the hospital if they:

  • Threaten or try to take their lives or hurt themselves or others
  • See or hear things (hallucinations)
  • Believe things that aren’t true (delusions)
  • Need special treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy
  • Have problems with alcohol or substances
  • Are unable to care for themselves or their families, e.g., getting out of bed, bathing, dressing

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