Relapse Prevention

Atypical anti-psychotics create dependency disorders  per Abram Hoffer, MD
in 3/04 Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
Boston's St Francis House has day shelter, programs, clothes + meals (7AM-3PM) for the homeless and poor.
Caretaker relapse prevention resource = National Family Caregiver Support Program provides respite care, counseling & support  groups.  State funded..1-800-677-1116  12/11/03
Compeer Inc, headquartered in Rochester, NY, USA, enlists adult volunteers to befriend youth with psychiatric disorders. Also has drug-court mentoring  9/30/03
Continuing Education for Coping Skills
Cornerstone Christian Counseling Center
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Early detection education benefits schizophrenia patients per Archives of General Psychiatry & 3/2/04 Wall St Journal 
Illness is gradual & in initial weeks/months a person may still be aware that delusional thinking or hallucinations are in fact not real; that ability to distinguish is often lost as the untreated illness progresses, per Thomas McGlashan Yale University School of Medicine psychiatrist. 
Editor R McGough notes that typical onset age is early 20's for men and mid-late 20's for women. Symptoms: Psychotic or "positive" symptoms  include delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking.  "Negative" symptoms include social withdrawal, extreme apathy, blunted emotional expression.
"Family to Family" 12 week series for caregivers, family & friends by NAMI in Maine1-800-464-5767
NAMI also has distributed books on mental illness to public libraries in Maine, USA 1-207-843-4105
Friendship Stables gives therapeutic horse riding classes in Augusta, Maine, USA  1-207-622-5047
Generic Clozapine not as reliable as Brand Clozarilby Thomas M Burton: 2000 TheWall Street Journal
Horses and Healing - New Hope for Kids audio 12/30-31/04 Dr Dobson, on Focus on the Family radio, interviews Kim Meeder who rescues abused horses and allows kids to care for them.
Hosanna  House Inc, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, USA is a huge Christian community center providing many resources including health and dental care
Isaacson, Rupert - The Horse Boy - a Memoir of Healing - healing autism by alternative medicine -
"In 2007 Rowan, his dad, and mother (Kristin Neff, a psychology professor at the Universityof Texas) took a journey across Mongolia on horseback, going from traditional healer to traditional healer, shaman to shaman, looking for healing. They went out with a child still tantrumming, still un-toilet trained, and cut off from other children. They came back with a child no longer tantrumming, toilet trained and able to make friends." DANGER - Not so much about horses as about shamanism and Buddhism.  BEWARE.
Family does now have horse riding program for the disabled in Texas, USA.
Keep track of your own medical records.
7/27/04  Wall Street Journal
Risperdal now comes as injectable Risperdal Consta  10/30/03
Shadow Syndromes  by John J Ratey and Catherine Johnson PhD
Winning Against Relapse  workbook  by Mary Ellen Copeland, Vermont, USA  1-800-748-6273  Audio #010503-050
Workbook by Greenberger and Padesky     Clinician's guide #4B2821
Mind Over Mood  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED English #4B2128  or Spanish #4B2821
You Have Got to Have a Want To  Autobiography audio of pastor with cerebral palsy
RELAPSE PREVENTION    or     How to Keep Your Healing