Burnout and compassion fatigue are terms carers regularly hear when caring for someone with a mental illness.
There is no doubt that caring for someone can be a demanding, stressful and exhausting role. It's also common to be told to look after yourself and prevent burnout. But, at times it can be difficult to know when we are feeling normal pressures or when it’s something more.
So what exactly is burnout? How can you tell if you are experiencing it? And how can you stop it from happening?
Imagine watching a film about the mental illness you’ve just been diagnosed with. Now imagine that film paints a picture of violence and danger. It suggests people with your condition are a terrifying threat to society.
How would this shape your perception of the illness? How would it make you feel about yourself? And if your friends, family, children or boss watch the film and think people with your condition are ‘psychopaths’, who would you turn to for help?
I’m frustrated. Yet again, we’ve seen another film released that reinforces the notion we need to fear people living with complex mental illness.
The latest in a long line of cinema offenders (remember Psycho?) to paint people living with mental illness as violent villains is new cinema release Split.
The Hollywood horror film stars James McAvoy as a man living with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, who kidnaps three young girls.
The film trivialises complex mental illness and reinforces the inaccurate and harmful notion we need to fear people living with complex mental illness, in this case, dissociative identity disorder.
Hollywood loves to use extreme depictions of mental illness to make movies, and they’re not always concerned with accuracy or sensitivity.
The latest example, Split, portrays a highly stigmatising, inaccurate version of dissociative identity disorder (DID).
So it’s time to counter the myths with some facts.
It’s hard to resist making New Year resolutions. Even if you have a history of finding them broken by mid-January.
When a new year dawns we dream again of a better version of ourselves. One in which we’ll be more productive, happier, thiner, wealthier, nicer...the possibilities are endless.
If you’ve set resolutions for 2017, here are some tips to maximise your success.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a commonly misunderstood condition that carries a lot of stigma. Misconceptions about BPD can stop people seeking treatment and influence the way people with BPD are treated by others.
So what are these common misconceptions? And what facts can we use to correct them?
The holiday season can be full of excitement and expectation. You may be looking forward to a traditional Christmas lunch with both sides of the family, or a New Year's Eve celebration bigger than the countdown in Times Square.
But when it comes to event planning, the end result can often fall short of your expectations. You may be left feeling distraught and angry if it doesn't match the grand occasion you imagined.
If you have an emotional investment in this year's Christmas or New Year's Eve festivities, here are five tips for managing and overcoming disappointment.
Anne Deveson was a familiar face on television screens in the 1980s. An established journalist, broadcaster and filmmaker, she was appointed Director of the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School in 1985. What television audiences didn't know however, was that Anne was caring for one of her children, Jonathan, who had developed schizophrenia in his late teens.
SANE Australia mourns the death of SANE Australia Co-Founder and Patron Anne Deveson. We owe her so much.
Anne Deveson was a pioneer in mental health who opened up the national public conversation about mental illness in Australia.
At a time when there was a widely-held view that a mother could cause their child’s schizophrenia, Anne publicly spoke about her son Jonathan’s condition and the challenges this presented for her and her family.
Is it okay to take the bits of Christmas that work for you and discard the rest?
And is it okay to enjoy the solitude of Christmas Day and indulge yourself without feeling guilty?
Bring it on!
Whether you find yourself alone this Christmas by choice or circumstance, it can be a liberating experience to buck the Christmas trend of togetherness. After all, being alone and being lonely are not the same thing.