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Bipolar treatment hailed as life-changing

Bipolar treatment hailed as life-changing : “‘Because this is something which can significantly reduce relapse, reduce distress for people with mental illness, reduce distress for their family, and have an impact in terms of reduction in hospitalisation – so a stress on the overstretched mental health system generally – and also enhance people’s well being and feeling of reintegration into society,’ he said.”

Professor David Castle and his team are to be congratulated on such a down to earth , practical approach which is obviously relieving the stress and strain of people with bipolar disorder. These people often become isolated and left out and their life often spirals down so that it then becomes very difficult to treat them. The woman who is quoted in the article is remarkably honest, direct and unapologetic about the truth of her life . She has been through the course and if this is the upshot of it then we have made a really helpful breakthrough. A lot of mentally ill people are perceived as odd and abnormal and a lot of people do not know how to deal with them. If people who have mental illnesses can articulate what is happening for them so clearly then we, the community can see how we might help and we can have a better understanding of how we can speak with people when they are ill. That’s all part and parcel of keeping people well, knowing what to say and do when they are not well.

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Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom to write on the lives of others.

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