23-02-2018 03:18 PM
Welcome to this special Topic Tuesday discussion.
In this event we'll be looking at the support and treatment options available for your loved ones living with a personality disorder and asking you about their overall usefulness.
This discussion will be a little different to a normal Topic Tuesday because it will be part of a research project conducted by SANE for the National Mental Health Commission. SANE will be reporting on the lived experience of seeking support and treatment for personality disorders.
Elise Carrotte, a Research Assistant at SANE, is hoping to hear from you about your loved ones experiences accessing support and treatment services in Australia and your experiences accessing support as a carer. We’re looking at the big picture, including early intervention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, relapse prevention and social/financial support.
What types of services have you accessed? What have you found helpful?
Please read the Participant Information Sheet before deciding to participate in the discussion. By posting in this thread, you are agreeing that your responses can be used as part of the project. This may involve paraphrasing or summarising, or using direct quotes. If your comments are used, researchers will protect anonymity by using pseudonyms and removing any identifying details.
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13-03-2018 07:00 PM
Hi everyone & welcome,
Before we get started, please ensure you have read the Participant Information Form. Tonight’s Topic Tuesday has a different purpose than usual, and your insights will be informing SANE's research project.
Now, with that all said I shall pass over to @Elise_Research
13-03-2018 07:03 PM
Hi everyone and thanks @Lauz for introducing me
I'm excited to be here! I'm a Research Assistant on this project, which is all about treatment for personality disorders in Australian context.
My first question for the night is: Who in your life is experiencing a personality disorder, and what sort of care or support do you provide for them?
13-03-2018 07:11 PM
13-03-2018 07:14 PM
Hi @Darcy great to have you here
13-03-2018 07:14 PM
Hi @Darcy, thanks for joining us tonight.
That's interesting to hear that your husband's diagnoses have changed a few times. Can you tell me more about the process of seeking and receiving different diagnoses? e.g. Were these diagnoses provided by different mental health professionals over time?
13-03-2018 07:18 PM
I care for my wife who lives with Borderline Personality Disorder.
For me caring involves ensuring correct meds are taken, (all meds have to be locked away and distributed as required), making and ensuring medical appointments are kept, taking care of finances and everything to do do with children and school.
At this time I am effectively a full time carer as I am unable to maintain employment and support my wife. I do study part time and work 5 hours per week at my university as a form of self care. Something to focus on outside of home life.
13-03-2018 07:21 PM
Hi @Shaz51, it's great to have you here!
Are you providing care for someone with a personality disorder? I'd love to hear about your experiences tonight
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