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Class for families of those with mental illness


   The NAMI Family-to-Family education classes will begin March 5, but preregistration is required to have time to order handbooks.
   This is a free 12-week class for family and friends of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses). The course is taught by trained family members.
   The Family-to-Family curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
   The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively.
   Many family members describe the impact of taking this course as life changing.
   Topics covered include:
   Introduction to family educations, symptoms of schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, getting through critical periods of crisis.
   Also, subtypes of depression and bipolar disorder, panic disorder and OCD, basics about brain biology and the causes of brain disorders, problem-solving workshop, and medication review.
   Also, empathy: inside mental illness, communication skills workshop, self-care, rehabilitation, making choices for recovery, fighting stigma, and advocacy.
   To register, call Linda at 541-475-1873.