This week was nothing out of the ordinary. A License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from the power center came to the Psych Ward to facilitate a group discussion. A few of the patients decided to participate. In this group session the subject of dogs dominated the session. Mike described how he used to own attack dogs, and how those dogs helped him elude police. While two other patients described the type of dogs they used to own. It was a good session allowing patients to remember a time in their life when something mattered. Being a caretaker of an animal who depended on them for food, shelter and emotional connection it can be a stabilizing factor. This is something that mentally sound people take for granted….
So sad, especially because people don’t understand and don’t want to understand mental illness.
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yes they don’t understand or want to deal with the it because of the stress and can of worms it brings. One cannot have harmony in their life if they are a care taker or live with a mentally ill person