Mental Illness and The Importance of Stability

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For people with a serious mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, stability comes with having a routine. When the routine is broken, many times it can lead to a relapse of symptoms.

Mental Illness and The Importance of Stability

For people with a serious mental illness, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, stability comes with having a routine. When the routine is broken, many times it can lead to a relapse of symptoms.

Such was the case this weekend with Randye Kaye's son, Ben. Randye writes the HealthyPlace blog "Mental Illness in the Family." In her recent post, she discusses the sudden upheaval in Ben's life which landed him back in the psychiatric hospital for the first time since 2005. Many people are commenting and I hope you'll join the conversation.

So what can you do to help maintain stability? Good regular sleep patterns and eating healthy scheduled meals will go a long way. If you take medication, take it at the times prescribed by your doctor. And mental health professionals recommended staying away from alcohol and drugs. Finally, don't make hasty life changing decisions like suddenly quitting your job, moving away from family or friends, or buying something you always wanted but can't afford.

It's tough enough managing a serious mental illness. There's no need to add a lot of stress into the mix.


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Living Straight, Coming Out Gay on HealthyPlace Mental Health TV

When he got married, Dr. Loren Olson, thought he was straight. 18 years later, he discovered he was gay. The metamorphosis and impact of his change in sexual identity on this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (Living Straight, Coming Out Gay - TV Show blog)

Other Recent HPTV Shows

Feedback Treatments for Anxiety and ADHD on HealthyPlace Radio

Many people don't like and don't want to take psychiatric medication. For those who don't have a serious or debilitating mental illness, neurofeedback or biofeedback may be a viable treatment solution. On this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, Jeff Lewis, MSSW, LSCSW, BCIAC talks about the uses, efficacy, the difference between the real deal and those who are not practicing by the best standards, and more. Listen to Feedback Treatments for Anxiety and ADHD.

Other Recent HealthyPlace Radio Shows

  • Parenting a Child with Schizoaffective Disorder: What is it like parenting a child with a serious mental illness? Our guest, Chrisa Hickey, is the mother to three children. Her middle son, Timothy, is diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. Chrisa discusses how difficult it was to adjust to the fact that her son has a serious mental illness. She talks about the impact that it's had on her other children, her marriage, and the tough decisions that she and her husband have made.
  • Depersonalization Disorder: Living in a Dream World: Depersonalization disorder is a type of dissociative disorder. It's defined by periods of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts (called depersonalization). People with Depersonalization Disorder describe it as feeling like you are observing yourself from outside your body. Our guest is Jeffrey Abugel, an editor and writer who has studied Depersonalization Disorder for more than 20 years. He's here to discuss his new book Stranger to My Self: Inside Depersonalization, the Hidden Epidemic

Teaching Your Older Kids How to Get Along with New Roommates

It's sleepover camp time or maybe you have a child heading off to college in the fall. How do you get your child prepared to handle a new roommate situation? The Parenting Coach, Dr. Steven has some suggestions to help your child have a compatible roommate situation.

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Staff, H. (2011, June 22). Mental Illness and The Importance of Stability, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 19 from

Last Updated: September 18, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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