Each spring you have the weather changes that cause heavy storms, high wind and lots of rain, meaning the possibility of tornados. No one is ever really prepared for severe storms and how it affects the community. The last two springs have caused so much rain, that areas were flooded like Nashville Tennessee in 2010.
Being inside a mental hospital during severe weather with tornadoes being spotted or high winds with the possibility of producing one can be an eventful environment.
As a loud siren sounds blare and the code blue is called, the staff begin knocking on doors to bring all patients into the tornado shelter. It is a small confined area away from windows and doors. Most of the time, the patients handle the situation without much disturbance, unless the code last longer than an hour. Then it can become a disturbed situation. Being confined to a small space is claustrophobic to someone without extra voices speaking to them and anxiety emotions, add mental illness to someone and place them in a small space becomes overwhelming. Not only do you have a tornado going on outside – you can have one going on the inside too.
Weather has a profound effect on human's health and well-being. The change in atmospheric pressure causes changes in the mood, focus and memory function.
When a person's mental status is already challenged the pressure in the air seems to cause more agitation. Within the hour of code blue being called – several prn (as needed medications) will have to be given for nervousness, agitation, and headaches.
As the weather changes so do people's moods. In the winter SAD (Seasonal affective disorder ) has a higher depression feelings than in the spring and the summer when the sun is shining.
Mental illness is like a tornado. When mental illness goes undiagnosed for years, sometimes for generations, it can leave a family in shambles. Abuse, neglect and broken homes are often the result of psychiatric disorders that have been ignored, denied or misunderstood for long periods of time. The entire family gets swept up in the whirlwind that can be caused by mania, psychosis and depression. It's as if, there is a tornado in the living room that everyone can see and feel yet…..everyone pretends not to notice.
There is a stigma and a shame still attached to mental illness in our society. Due to years of misunderstanding and steadfast denial, untreated mental illness has reached ridiculous proportions. Families are affected by it every day. Tornados twirl and dance in houses across the country. Until these disorders are treated as the medical conditions that they are, the twisters will spin on, blowing apart the lives of people right next door to you…maybe even people in your family. It is time to stop the madness.
An individual diagnosed with a mental health condition, no matter how minor in severity, faces an uphill battle against the ignorance of society. Upon exposure of being diagnosed with mental illness people around them begin to label them and treat them differently. This is one of the main reasons people will not seek help because they do not want to be listed as mental or 'crazy'.
Labeling people before you learn who they are and about them is judgment that can cause a twister to swirl constantly in their life. Educate yourself about mental illness if you or someone you know has been diagnosed, It is treatable.
This official Tornado Warning has been issued.
Angela Brooks is a leading distributor for a health company. Dedicated to natural health solutions, Brooks provides people with healing alternatives without harsh side effects. Additionally, Brooks is a mental health nurse committed to bringing mental happiness to the nursing profession by motivating and supporting nurses around the country, still working full time as she works her home business transitioning out of nursing. Find her on Facebook