I have written a few posts on this blog that address the issue of mental illness. I was surprised that I received quite a few comments and personal emails about those posts, either from others with bipolar or from loved ones who are their caregivers. I found that there are many people who are looking for support around the issue of mental illness.
Like dementia, mental illness affects the whole family. It is also an illness that, for most people, is not curable and medications do not always work. It is manageable though, and like dementia takes a lot of trial and error to discover how the patient can have the best quality of life possible.
So, I have started an additional blog, Bipolar Spirit, about mental illness and the spirit. I believe mental illness is a chemical imbalance and also a spiritual issue because of the interconnection between mind and spirit.
I will continue Moving In With Dementia and I am so grateful for how many of you read this blog and contribute to the care of people with dementia. I look forward to the future of both blogs and how we as a community can help combat these illnesses which we can't fix, but can manage.
I would also like to let you know that you can now receive email updates about my blog. You will find the email signup on the right side of each blog.