The Person with a Mental Illness
This chapter will deal with some of the ways a person in your care may step over the boundary between mental health and mental illness and behave in ways that make it difficult for you to assist them. In particular, personality disorders and schizophrenia will be explained in more detail. If a person is behaving in a way that is not acceptable or appropriate, something serious may be wrong. It is important for you to observe your client carefully, to use your knowledge of psychology to try to work out the causes of strange behavior and to gain informed insights about what might be the unconscious motivations for your client’s behavior. Your observations will assist you in making decisions about the best support you can provide your client and the professional assistance that may be needed.
- the carer and mental illness
- recognising mental illness
- other psychotic disorders.