The family is usually the center of support for the person who lives with a disability. They may, at first, have a great deal of questions such as, “what is wrong with my daughter or son?”
Being mentally ill is not always easily or quickly diagnosed. Many frustrating years may go by before a family (or the affected individual) can identify the cause of the loved one’s behavior. Sadly, it is not uncommon to be diagnosed only after a breakdown or total decomposition.
The parents and siblings are challenged to make sense of it all. To separate the mentally ill family member’s natural personality from the symptoms of the illness. To that end, finding helpful groups or other means of emotional support is highly recommended, especially if it is the parent or siblings’ responsibility to communicate to their loved one or make decisions about the care they receive.