Minding The Matters of The Mind

A Guide for Anyone Who Has Been Touched by Mental Illness and Wants to Make a Difference

Susan Downs

Whether your loved one has recently been diagnosed with a mental illness, or whether you have lived with this diagnosis for several years, this book will give you fresh insights from the author’s experiences in dealing with her 25-year-old son’s unexpected diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

You can get past the feelings of helplessness and denial by learning to accept and take control of your situation. You will see the power of asking for help as you create your team and devise your plan. Support is available from many sources; you are not on this journey alone.

For helpless caregivers who are in denial and frustrated trying to help a mentally ill loved one, Susan Downs provides real life examples and quick solutions to put readers on a pathway to Minding the Matters of the Mind.

Minding the Matters of the Mind is a book written for any person who is a caregiver, a family member, or a friend of a mentally ill person.  Practical information and engaging storytelling to help you learn about mental illness. In this book, you will:

• Learn about the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
• Create a team that will effectively support you and your loved one through the treatment and management of this brain disease.
• Form a plan that will provide both short-term and long-term goals for recovery.
• Take care of the caregiver, which is important in maintaining focus and energy for your journey.
• Become an advocate to provide a sense of purpose for you and your loved one, as well as to benefit future generations.

This is a powerful system for taking control as you navigate the world of mental illness.