Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Kyle isn't spending much time around here any more. He's going crazy, and wants to be back in his apartment. We know he's still drinking, we found evidence around here. That, combined with his pain meds is NOT a good idea, but we haven't seen him in a few days now. He stays at his apartment at night, and we think comes home (our home) during the day to eat and use the computer. I don't mind that, but we're still worried about him.

My wife found an organization called NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. We are going to a meeting this week. We are looking for guidance from them. We want one of two things to happen: Either Kyle tries to get into the service, probably the Army. This is our top choice. I think they can teach him the discipline that could drive the rest of his life. We hope. Our second option is to help him be declared mentally ill, so he's eligible for social security and or medicaid. He would then earn an income, they help him get a job, and help him acquire the skills he'll need to survive in the world.

We'll let you know how it goes.

My heart really goes out to both of you. The military won't accept Kyle because he has a mental disorder. My son tried to join & was rejected on that basis.
NAMI is a well-known organization & should offer lots of resouces & support.
My son was diagnosed 4 years ago & has yet to be on medicine. It's a stigma kids don't want attached to them & as long as they aren't on medicine, they justify that they don't have a mental illness.
Both the drinking & pain killers are ways of self-medicating.
All the blogs in the webring are bipolar individuals, with the exception of 1 other parent such as yourselves.
If I can help in anyway, please let me know.
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