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`You Have to Make Your Own Plans'
Psychiatric News
Volume 39 Number 16 page 6-6

Barbara Weitz, 71, is the mother of an adult son with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, a combination she called a "terrible double whammy."

Weitz attended the Older Caregiver Project workshop near her home in Silver Spring, Md., last year, to learn how she could provide some kind of stability—financial and otherwise—for her son when she may no longer be able to do so (see story above).

Yet stability is one thing that has, for the most part, eluded her son." He has lived with me in the past and has been in a number of drug-rehabilitation programs, hospitals, and mental health facilities," she told Psychiatric News. "Two weeks ago, he was arrested, and it's a shame because people with mental illness don't belong in jail."

Weitz said she found the workshop to be extremely helpful and in particular appreciated the information about the legal issues involving trusts and wills.

"You have to make your own plans—you can't expect your situation to be taken care of by someone else," she emphasized.

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