Get­ting Treat­ment

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

Dr. De­bra L. Wentz, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Hamil­ton-based New Jersey As­so­ci­a­tion of Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tion Agen­cies, said some of the most bril­liant peo­ple in the world have suf­fered from men­tal ill­ness.

“Abe Lin­coln suf­fered from de­pres­sion,” she said, re­fer­ring to the 16th pres­i­dent of the United States who freed the slaves and saved the Union.

Wentz said some peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness “can re­cover and live nor­mal lives and can have re­lapses,” but noted med­i­ca­tion may not al­ways be the so­lu­tion.

“Med­i­ca­tion could be a very im­por­tant part of sta­bi­liz­ing some­body who is in psy­chosis de­fined as be­ing de­tached from re­al­ity to some ex­tent or feel­ing para­noid, but it de­pends,” she said. “Some­times med­i­ca­tion is ef­fec­tive and nec­es­sary. You don’t want to fall into say­ing, ‘If some­body just took their medicine every­thing would be fine.’ You just don’t know.”

Whether it’s meds or ther­apy, Fin­klin’s fam­ily hopes he gets the help that he needs now that he’s not go­ing any­where any time soon.

“I don’t want to get a phone call in the morn­ing that ‘your son is shot’ or some­thing like that,” his mother said. “That’s my big­gest fear.”

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