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What to do during a Mental Health Emergency

I am writing this on the heels of a very difficult week. This week I was reminded how hard it is to know what to do during a mental health emergency.
People break.
Anyone can break. No one knows their stress-load and how much they can take. 
When a person breaks, they start saying completely crazy off the wall things. They don't sound like themselves. It is as if they aren't inside their bodies.
They hear voices, they imagine people are out to get them, they say things that make no sense. One minute they are talking about one thing and the next minute they are crouching on the floor to avoid being seen by a crow in the tree.
If you are around someone who breaks, the word we call it is psychosis. Psychosis can happen when someone is very depressed, or very manic, or if they are schizophrenic.
If you are with someone who is having a psychotic episode, please know the person can be very dangerous to themselves and other people.
They may never be the kind of person that would hu…

Traumatic Trump Disorder

If you have ever lived with someone who abused you, as a child or adult, or lived with someone who was paranoid and believed things that weren’t real but were convinced in their truth, so convinced they raged at any disagreement - then, you may be experiencing some trauma triggers. You in fact be feeling ill. Very ill.
Even people who aren’t survivors of abuse are feeling stunned, overwhelmed, and ill.
But I want to return to the people who have actually grown up and lived in households where you were raged at, confronted with paranoid delusions, and feared for your life if you disagreed with the person.
You are not crazy. You know what you are seeing. You may feel have difficulty expressing what you are feeling.
I want you to know a few things.
This is very scary. People are organizing and resisting this. You do not have to fight. You probably fought your whole life. It is ok to try and take care of yourself right now.
You do not need to take care of the whole country and the whole…