Dr. Elizabeth Mahaney is a psychotherapist practicing in TAMPA, Florida. Dr. Mahaney specializes in the treatment of marriage and family therapy as well as mental health problems, and helps people to cope with their relationships and/or mental illnesses. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Mahaney evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. Patients usually visit Dr. Mahaney because they have been experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or anger for a significant period of time and are seeking help. Psychologists may perform a variety of exams and assessments to diagnose a mental condition. Learn more; www.SouthTampaCounselor.com
Elizabeth Mahaney's Expert Contributions
A good start in learning to cope is to find out as much as possible about mental illness, both by reading and talking with other families. NAMI has books, pamphlets, fact sheets, and tapes available about different illnesses, treatments, and issues you may have to deal with, and you can join one of the 1,200 NAMI affiliate groups throughout the nation. (For other resources and contact information about your state and local NAMI affiliates, call the NAMI HelpLine at 1-800/950-6264.) The following are some things to remember that should help you as you learn to live with mental illness in your family: You cannot cure a mental disorder for a parent or sibling. No one is to blame for the illness. Mental disorders affect more than the person who is ill. Despite your best efforts, your loved one's symptoms may get worse, or they may improve. If you feel extreme resentment, you are giving too much. It is as hard for the parent or sibling to accept the disorder as it is for other family members. Acceptance of the disorder by all concerned may be helpful, but it is not necessary. A delusion has little or nothing to do with reality, so it needs no discussion. Separate the person from the disorder. It is not OK for you to be neglected. You have emotional needs and wants, too. The illness of a family member is nothing to be ashamed of. The reality is that you will likely encounter stigma from an apprehensive public. You may have to revise your expectations of the ill person. You may have to renegotiate your emotional relationship with the ill person. Acknowledge the remarkable courage your sibling or parents may show when dealing with a mental disorder. Generally, those closest in sibling order and gender become emotionally enmeshed while those further out become estranged. Grief issues for siblings are about what you had and lost. For adult children, they are about what you never had. After denial, sadness, and anger comes acceptance. The addition of understanding yields compassion. It is absurd to believe you may correct a biological illness such as diabetes, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder with talk, although addressing social complications may be helpful. Symptoms may change over time while the underlying disorder remains. You should request the diagnosis and its explanation from professionals. Mental health professionals have varied degrees of competence. You have a right to ensure your personal safety. Strange behavior is a symptom of the disorder. Don't take it personally. Don't be afraid to ask your sibling or parent if he or she is thinking about hurting him- or herself. Suicide is real. Don't shoulder the whole responsibility for your mentally disordered relative yourself. You are not a paid professional caseworker. Your role is to be a sibling or child, not a parent or caseworker. The needs of the ill person do not necessarily always come first. If you can't care for yourself, you can't care for another. It is important to have boundaries and to set clear limits. Just because a person has limited capabilities doesn't mean that you expect nothing of him or her. It is natural to experience many and confusing emotions such as grief, guilt, fear, anger, sadness, hurt, confusion, and more. You, not the ill person, are responsible for your own feelings. Inability to talk about your feelings may leave you stuck or "frozen." You are not alone. Sharing your thoughts and feelings in a support group has been helpful and enlightening for many. Eventually, you may see the silver lining in the storm clouds: your own increased awareness, sensitivity, receptivity, compassion, and maturity. You may become less judgmental and self-centered, a better person. Source: NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-3042 703-524-7600 / NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI / www.nami.org READ MORE
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Owner/ Private Practice South Tampa Therapy & Mediation 2000 - 2018
- Eastman Institute for Oral Health, Rochester, NY
Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors
- Real Life ALC An Agile Learning Center and 501(c)3 www.RealLifeALC.com
- Veteran Smile DayFree Smile DayVolunteering at Children's schools
Favorite Place to Vacation
- Any place with my family.
Hobbies / Sports
- Spending time with my husband and children; creating memories with them.
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