In recovery from a mental illness

ASHEVILLE Wes Bell was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 10 years ago, when he was 16. Full Story
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Wes Bell

Tryon, NC

#24 Jan 21, 2009
Moss is right, some of the article was misleading. There was to much of the article that talked about Cooper-Riss. Only 5 out of the 20 that completed the course were Cooper-Riis graduates. As for the price, a majority of the residents have either Social Security/Disability helping to pay. There are also MANY grants and scholarships (which is what I have)...I only briefly scanned over the comments, and I think we need to focus on the task at hand. Western Highlands SPENT a of over $14,000 to allow all 20 of us to partake in the class. There were about 40 applications sent in, and after the graduation (which was filled with tears and HOPE) there were over 20 providers setup in a room. Some of their programs have a similar approach (sort of), and some had never even thought about this. All in all, the best way I can describe the PSS line of work, is it is SPREADING LIKE A WILDFIRE. This model WORKS. If you could have seen the data of trials and research of the success of this approach, you would have been blown away. Maybe I should have read some of the comments closer but I'm half asleep :)

Anyway, I just appreciate ANY AND ALL input on this Forum...and it is a forum so everybody has a right to their own opinion...thats what this is about is feedback and seeing what others think will work...nothing is ever "perfect"

I do remember one post saying "Bi-Polar" is a joke, or something to that regard. I COMPLETELY DISAGREE, but they have a right to their opinion...

Thanks all and lets keep going!
Wes Bell

Tryon, NC

#25 Jan 21, 2009
yona wrote:
Forgive me for being the wet blanket and for not explaining why I am even interested but from the article I am failing to see a huge woohoo. I went to the site and great they are a couciling center charging $9,800 a month. I certainly hope that guaranteed results come with that as well as 24 hour on call therapists. Don't misunderstand my comment, anything to lessen the pain of those that suffer bi-polar is wonderful. My question and the facilities site nor any further searches provided any great new approach beyond talk therapy. I read where the phychiatrist and medication were prescribed by your outside doctor and that the program didn't even include medication management into their efforts. I find it difficult to believe that this is anything more than the latest in fad fixes. With the monthly price and the possible expected stay up to 18 months this seems more like a place for the rich to house their problem children then a real effort to fill the need of bi-polars to learn to manage their verified mental illness in an ongoing way.
Did I mention that that state several times that they are not considered a medical facility and therefore insurance and medicare will not cover a stay there. We've all posted back and forth so you know when I am being open and when I am just throwing out my opinions. Seriously who amoung you whether you suffer or not can afford %9,800 a month cash out of your hard saved bank account. Remember the stay san be up to 18 months, assuming when the money runs out your cured, and they offer half way homes even after you leave the camp. In the following paragraph you will read where I do see a glimmer of possitive opportunity.
What I did read with great interest was the training of the sufferer to identify the onset of symtoms so that they could alter treatment ahead of a shift. That is great news and should be standard practice for all in patient and out patient centers nation wide. No additional funds needed after the original round of training. Teach these Bi-polar sufferers to be able to understand and react ahead of an episode and thousands of currently disabled and wanting to be productive individuals will be able to contribute to society. That will save billions right there.
Thank you for your post, the last paragraph you wrote is what this is about. The article mentions Cooper-Riis way to often.
Wes Bell

Tryon, NC

#26 Jan 21, 2009
Sorry I keep forgeting to type things (i'm tired :) but here is a pretty good site that Bo gave us at the end of the training

http://bhrp.sowo.unc.edu/

Since: Nov 08

The Mountains of WNC

#27 Jan 22, 2009
Wes Bell wrote:
Sorry I keep forgeting to type things (i'm tired :) but here is a pretty good site that Bo gave us at the end of the training
http://bhrp.sowo.unc.edu/
Thanks, Wes, for sharing that website as well as some insider input about the program. It is a fairly new approach to the "treatment" of mental disorders, and I think that more information about the "hows" of the program should be distributed. A story that focuses on just one facility is ok, but we all need more info about how the actual program works. Perhaps you can help get that word out.
Wes Bell

Tryon, NC

#28 Jan 23, 2009
Wiley you are %100 correct, and yes it is VERY NEW, and the more info. the better. You are also right, this is not a ONE facility thing, it is spreading, and it WILL WORK. As to your question about how the actual program works, i'm not very good at explaining things, but our instructor, Bo Simms, and the lady that got this together and made it happen, Andrea Morris, will give you tons of places to find out more of the specifics of the program...

Bo's e-mail is , well i've got is card but it is to crumbled

Anyway Andrea Morris is morr0806@westernhighlands.org

Thank you all SO MUCh for your interest, it really means a lot and every step we take forward is really a giant leap..

Peace!

Wes
Kristin H

Wilmette, IL

#29 Sep 1, 2009
I've known not one but two people who have commited suicide at the wonderful healing farm community. I, having stayed several months at Menniger, was given this as an option for after my discharge. I am so glad I didn't go. The horror stories of this place are true, and I've heard them first hand. It's obviously too late to save my friend, but maybe I can keep someone else from going there.
Person w bipolar disorder

United States

#30 Oct 4, 2010
Great thoughts, all around. Thank you for each opinion. Here's one more thought-we are not "bipolars". I am not a "bipolar", others with similarities to me are not "the bipolars." This is not any different than if I had heart disease. I would not be a heart attack, the heart attacks, etc. It's such a small thing that often makes a big difference in perception.
xo
Audrey

Denver, NC

#31 Oct 3, 2012
It's NOT a new fad. It's based on Gould Farm in Massachusetts, which began in 1913 and is still doing it's thing, helping people get their lives back.
Cullen

Asheville, NC

#32 Oct 5, 2012
I don't want to recover. I like being sorta malignant loony. I feed it with hatred and alcohol. I put on my camo and swing my machete. I sit over in the corner in the floor with the laptop and rock back and forth. You've seen crazy people rock back and forth, haven't you? Then I type my next racist epithet which was almost a dead ringer for the previous one, and the previous one, and the previous one, and the previous one, and the previous one, and the previous one, and the previous one before that previous one. Sometimes I sit in front of the TV and if he, the dark skin man I hate, is on, I call him a liar at least 100 times. "Liar, liar, liar, liar, liar!" I know he is listening to me. His voice in my head tells me. His voice is in my head talking to me right now while I rock back and forth in the corner and I am telling him "Liar, liar, liar, liar, liar, liar, liar..."

Look --- if you don't vote with me to elect Romney, I'll kill myself. You don't want to have that on your conscience.
been there

Highlands, NC

#34 Nov 1, 2012
mental illnesses are very real. i know. i am a sufferer currently being treated. and like some said- it was caused by trauma and abuse over the years. however, i also must agree in todays society, it seems its easier for a dr to prescribe a pill and let it go at that. some illnesses-physical and mental can be recovered from. some can not. but i think there are cases where drs jump to a "diagnosis" way too soon. and not all programs work-no matter how much they cost.
Sara

Austin, TX

#35 Nov 18, 2012
Kristin H wrote:
I've known not one but two people who have commited suicide at the wonderful healing farm community. I, having stayed several months at Menniger, was given this as an option for after my discharge. I am so glad I didn't go. The horror stories of this place are true, and I've heard them first hand. It's obviously too late to save my friend, but maybe I can keep someone else from going there.
What horror stories? I havent heard any. Can you elaborate? I realize this is a few years later, and Im not sure if youll get this, but Im really concerned as someone close to me may be going there, trying to decide btwn there and Menninger. Im sorry for the loss of your friends, and I hope youre doing well in your recovery.
Mimosa

Columbus, NC

#37 Dec 9, 2012
One in four girls and one in six boys will be molested in USA by age 18. People with disabilities are four to ten times as likely as others to be abused. Abuse can induce PTSD, and exacerbate existing illness. It's a factor.
No one facility can be all things to all people. CooperRiis is appropriate for people who want to be part of a community and who do not have pervasive anger management issues; people who, despite their issues, can keep it together most of the time in group settings. It isn't a panacea; it is one answer. There's zero tolerance for violence, and that makes it inappropriate for people who are violent or have rage attacks in public settings as they recover.
Plus, depression sometimes kills people, but I don't think depressed people kill themselves. I think they die of their illness, same as if they had really bad pneumonia or something. It isn't a choice; it's a constant risk factor for some people who have a disease.

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