Relatives of mentally ill people know these feelings: shock, helplessness, powerlessness, guilt and fear.
What helps is to become aware of your own particular experiences and to seek exchange with others. Then it can also be possible to free oneself from feelings of guilt and from the sense of being constantly obliged to carry heavy responsibility.
Parents and partners report about all this in this book and thus encourage other relatives to find their own way. Nothing is glossed over in the field reports. But it also tells in detail about what became important and helped in phases of great confusion. It is possible to let the ill family member take responsibility for his life and find back “to himself”.
The reports reveal a self-confident attitude, a changed understanding of roles, which opens up new scope for action both in the family and in self-help and the public sphere.