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A Family’s Struggle
August 12, 2022

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Most people know of the oxygen mask metaphor: the standard safety instructions on a flight that if there’s a decrease in cabin pressure, you must put your own mask on before you can help anyone with you. This sound advice transcends air travel; when an individual is facing challenges and unable or unready to accept help, his/her loved ones need to take care of their own health before they can even begin to assist someone in crisis.

Madeline* and her husband were struggling with their 29 year-old son, Akiva*, who has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder with periodic psychosis and was refusing to take his prescribed medication. Akiva was self medicating and would occasionally become violent; he was refusing to leave the house and his parents were at a complete loss of what to do to help him.

Madeline had never heard of Amudim, but a friend suggested that she call. Our case manager’s first priority was to provide support for Madeline, educate her about what was happening within her family dynamic, and guide her to the best possible treatment plan for her family. The case manager suggested a therapist with the right training to help Madeline with her own care as well as to help get Akiva the proper support he needed.

We are still in the middle of this family’s story. Madeline has reached a better understanding of how to communicate with her son; and while they are still struggling and Akiva is not fully agreeing to treatment, Madeline feels more calm and grounded and able to better handle the situation and deal with whatever comes next. We will continue to follow up and are here for whenever Akiva is ready to take the next step towards getting help, and to support Madeline and her husband in any way necessary.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is just a phone call away and ready to provide assistance.

*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.

Week Ending August 12, 2022
152 New Matters Addressed This Week
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Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.

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