Article: Mental illness and your parents’ golden years

The Globe and Mail published an extensive series of articles about mental illness a while back. While entire series is worth reviewing, two of them, in particular, may be of interest.

  • One is about a gent who was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in adulthood. The article contains the following line: “It’s amazing how one person can exhaust a large group of people,” says his wife, Sheila Melanson. You can read about the bi-polar disorder diagnosis of N.B., lawyer Peter O’Neill here.
  • When mental illness tarnishes your golden years looks at services for geriatric psychiatry. “I’d like to work with family physicians to overcome what I call therapeutic nihilism,” Says Dr. Michael Cooper. Many need to be persuaded that “we can do something for seniors with mental-health issues.” Um, yeah.
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