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Audio: Advice for newbies — Flush your expectations

This fifteen minute interview about caregiving for severely mentally ill relatives may have some useful advice for newcomers these problems.

  • Forget your expectations for the mentally ill person. Take any ideas about the potential for that person’s life and flush them down the john.
  • Forget your expectations for your family members. Don’t waste your time talking to family members about caregiving if they’re trying to distance themselves.

The interview is from Healthy Place, and features the expertise of a Cindy Nelson works part-time for NAMI Massachusetts and volunteers as a NAMI Family to Family Education Program teacher. She has been helping her schizophrenic sister for several decades.

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