Dec 17, 2012
commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother
I hope this mother realizes she can take guardianship, get this child on SSDI, and if he's not stable by the time he reaches age 18 then there are residential care facilities that will help treat this soon to be young adult and teach him about his mental illness and what he has to do to stay healthy. Once his illness is stable and he has shown that he understands his mental illness and his treatment then he moves onto the Rehab house. In the rehab house he is taught further coping skills and starts to mainstream into society. They learn everday skills like money budgeting, cooking, planning for when they are about to run out of medications. The next step is an apartment by themselves but with staff in the hallways.What I am seeing is the young adults that parents have no control over to hospitalize because they didn't take guardianship at age 18. The young adults then have no way to obtain medications or they don't think they need the medications any longer. The mental illness slowly creeps up on them again. They don't even realize it. We need to stop making mental illness a taboo. We need to teach these children that it is a chronic illness just as we would teach them about diabetes. We need to teach them that they can live happy fullfilled lives.