Families often unequipped for mental illneses

02/8/2008 | News Journal (Del.), The

While Americans are well-trained to handle threats to physical health, many are uncertain how to handle signs of mental illness. "If you go break your leg ... the doctor will put a cast on it and give you medicine for it," says Ira Glick, a Stanford University physician and psychiatry professor. "You say, 'Thank you. Thank you.' ... When somebody has bipolar disorder or anxiety disorder or depression or schizophrenia, what do they say? ... 'There's nothing wrong with me. I don't need this treatment.' "

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