This is an excerpt taken from an anonymous blog post at http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com.
“Having a mental illness is a lot like having a physical illness. One of the main differences to me is, since you can’t see the injury, you might think that it is easier to overcome. If someone is missing a leg you would not expect them to jump over a hurdle easily, you would not expect a person who is deaf to focus just a little harder so that they can hear you. It’s seems like it is the same way for people who are born with or develop a mental illness. It can be frustrating to live with someone, especially when they don’t take medicine that can help them cope, but even on the best days, with the right cocktail of meds, life can be paralyzing and incredibly difficult for not only them, but the people around them.”
Excerpt taken from the site www.thefamilycaregiver.com.
“Toiling away in silence in countless countries of the world is a veritable army of youngsters who quietly, without any fanfare, look after family members who need assistance on a daily basis. It is a labor born out of familial love, commitment and need. These youngsters – family caregivers in a very real sense – are known as ‘young carers’ in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Zambia and various other countries. In the USA they are called ‘caregiving youth’ or ‘youth caregivers.’ But no matter what the label, or the country, research from around the world has shown these young people comprise a specific population with a unique set of needs.”