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Rock Bottom in Mental Illness

Why Rock Bottom in Serious Mental Illness is Death

” The idea that someone needs to hit rock bottom before getting help for a serious mental illness is a myth.  I often hear loving parents say, “He will get help when he’s ready! ” or, “Maybe a few days on the street will be good for him!” or ”She will finally say yes to meds when she realizes the damage bipolar is doing to her life!”

Serious Mental Illness, SMI, includes bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and schizophrenia. In SMI, there is no rock bottom.

Rock bottom is often death.”

Rachel Levi, LMFT, CEDS, F- IAEDPFounder/Clinical Director
Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment

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