Dr. Charles Sophy, Medical Director Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services joins us to discuss dealing with tragedy and the mistake of mental illness “mis-labeling”. Mark Shotwell, Program Director of Bonita House and Jody Monaghan also from Bonita House join Jennifer Whitney in our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment to share some of their success stories!

The Aurora Colorado tragedy leaves an impact for a lifetime for the victims and their families.  Our hearts go out to them.   It also impacts us as a society.  You probably recognize  Dr. Charles Sophy from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, “Celebrity Rehab”, “CNN” or many others and he joins us again to discuss this tragedy and gives some tips about discussing situations like this with children and family.   When something like this happens, “labels” are tossed around too…Schizophrenia has been mentioned often in this case without absolute diagnosis.    Schizophrenia is often used as an adjective incorrectly for behavior out of the norm.  Dr. Sophy helps to set that record straight and reminds us that people suffering from Schizophrenia are far more likely to be a victim of crime than a perpetrator.  In our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment with Jennifer Whitney,  Jen is joined by Mark Shotwell from Bonita House in the Bay Area and Jody Monaghan.   Jody shares her own story very candidly and you can find out why she was “looking for Santa Claus because Christmas had arrived in Summer” after meeting the people at Bonita House.   If you or a loved one is looking for a story of hope, and a real, positive face to overcoming obstacles…look no further than Jody and Mark!  Now helping more people because of Prop. 63

Dr. Sophy’s website with information about SWEEP and his book:  Side by Side:  A Mother Daughter guide to conflict free communication     www.drsophy.com

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Show Recap:

  • Dr. Sophy of LA Department of Children and Family Services
  • Mark Shotwell-program director of Bonita House
  • Jodi Monahan
  • Discussion: The shooter in Aurora, CO
  • Someone who dresses up and calls themselves the joker. Does this person actually believe this? What would cause something like this?
  • Most people who think that they are walking around as “the joker” is insane. The boundaries can be blurred, but it doesn’t mean that you are out of touch with reality. Delusion and paranoia can be possible reasons for his actions.
  • Any red flag warning signs is always good to follow up with on some level.
  • Schizophrenia- disorder of imbalance of dopamine. And a misperception of reality.
  • All psychiatric disorders are disorders of the brain.
  • SWEEP method- when you plug in different elements into your daily life, you can look forward to a well balanced life
  • A balance of the 5 key areas of your life. Sleep, Work, Eating Regularly, Emotional expression of yourself, don’t ignore them, Play, stay active and do things that you enjoy.
  • PTSD- be aware of your triggers
  • You can get PTSD from things more than just the war, including shootings
  • Therapies that help- medication can help, hobbies, yoga
  • Treatment and staying close to your treatment are crucial!
  • Bonita House-nonprofit agency since 1972. Treatment and housing agency to people with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse
  • Independent living with supportive services
  • Bonita House serves about 400-500 per year, primarily adults.
  • The typical stay in residential treatment can be about 6-12 months
  • Greatest challenges of Bonita House-overcoming the stigma around mental illness. Negotiating with landlords and employers to get them to allow them employment/housing

5 Responses to “Dr. Charles Sophy, Medical Director Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services joins us to discuss dealing with tragedy and the mistake of mental illness “mis-labeling”. Mark Shotwell, Program Director of Bonita House and Jody Monaghan also from Bonita House join Jennifer Whitney in our Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment to share some of their success stories!”

  1. Nadillias
    July 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Took me time to read all of the feedback, but I actually loved the article. It proved to be very useful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It is always good when you can’t only learn, but get engaged in these issues! Im sure you had enjoyed making the shows. Anyway, in my language, there aren’t a lot of good resources like this.

    • wendy
      July 31, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

      Thanks for your comments. Yes we enjoy making the shows for many reasons, but most of all helping others. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks!

  2. Manny
    August 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    When you’re trying to recover your life, put your goals down. Goals make them concrete. It also gives you something to visualize every day. Your goals should be unlimited, concise and for the moment frame.

  3. wendy
    August 22, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Thanks so much!

  4. wendy
    August 22, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    You aren’t alone! If you ever need to speak to someone, see our resources page to find some great organizations too. Lots of people out there want to help and have had your experiences too! Thanks for visiting!

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