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A childhood friend and I have reconnected over the past few years. A few years ago she told me about some hallucinations she’s had. When I suggested that she get mental help, she shied away from me a bit and did not open up about some of her issues for a while. Recently though, she’s started communicating her “deeper” issues again, and I am sincerely concerned.
She’s had hallucinations of experiencing things that don’t really happen (think aliens, demons, fairies), but she’s also having delusions that she IS someone else. She honestly believes she is a fictional character in her spirit, but trapped in her body. Recently more “personalities” like that have started speaking to her as well- she can sometimes hear their voices.
She has confided these things to her other family members as well, and she is very upset that no one believes her. I know she has been treated by a doctor for depression because she has a lot of self-loathing, no motivation, fatigue, physical difficulties, dark moods and thoughts of suicide. But her mother and I don’t think that she’s spoken to a doctor about the other stuff, her “beliefs” and hearing voices. She keeps saying she doesn’t want people to think that she’s crazy (and most of the time she seems normal until she goes off the deep end and explains how she is someone else or that a demon spoke to her).
Her family members and I don’t think she’s “crazy,” but we know she needs help because some of the things she’s explaining to us are not normal. Her physical and mental problems have made it difficult for her to hold down a job, so she’s dependant on many other people. She doesn’t really have the money for extensive treatment or medications, and so we’re afraid that she will refuse to seek help simply because she cannot afford it. She has a great home support system, but this isn’t enough as she clearly needs medication and therapy.
Where should we turn?? Are there public services that can help her?
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Documentation on ADHD Research - Srimurugan Athimoolam - Jan 25th 2008
This is for the overall bunch of information on different aspects of ADHD.
This work of Margaret Austin is highly appreciable. It provides a wide range right from introducing the concept to diagnosis, treatment and all the related concepts of ADHD to medication contraindications and after.
This provides a whole system approach to the problem. This is real documentation in information professional's jargon.
This is useful to not only medical professionals but also parents and anyone interested to know about ADHD.
My hearty congratulations to Margaret Austin and her team. A real comprehensive work with a broader social outlook.
Prof. A.Srimurugan, Head and University Librarian, Library and Information Science, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India. Pin : 625021.