WHAT IS A COMMITMENT PLAN?
A commitment plan is a list of sneaky strategies and social manipulation techniques that family and friends can use when they are tired of dealing with a mentally ill loved one. It helps them not have to listen to or empathize with their loved ones thoughts and feelings. The plan is brief, is in the mommy’s own words, and is easy to read. It is an emergency plan for getting annoying loved ones committed.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A COMMITMENT PLAN?
Anyone who has an annoying and/or mentally ill loved one.
Clinicians can collaborate with mommies to develop the Commitment Plan™. Mommies can also develop plans on their own.
IMPLEMENTING THE COMMITMENT PLAN
There are 6 Steps involved in the development of a Commitment Plan™.
Step 1: Annoying Signs
List annoying signs of an empathic crisis. Include specific thoughts, images, thinking processes, mood, and/or behaviors
Step 2: Internal Coping Strategies
List activities that can be done without anyone else involved to cope and distract from angry, guilty, scapegoating thoughts, e.g. going online, listening to calming music, taking a walk, watching television, drinking a quart of vodka that you keep secreted away inside a frozen turkey in the back of your freezer.
Step 3: Social Contacts and Social Settings That May Distract from the Empathic Crisis
List individuals and safe social settings that can distract and support the angry mommy. Discussion of hostile feelings are not included here, except at NAMI meetings.
Step 4: Family Members or Friends Who May Offer Help
List family members and/or friends who can help with the empathic crisis. Discussion of hostile feelings can be included here. Swearing at and threatening your mentally ill loved one is encouraged.
Step 5: Professionals and Agencies to Contact for Help
List important health professionals, local ER, crisis line number, your loved one’s Case Mangler.
Step 6: Making the Environment Safe
Identify how to restrict/remove access to lethal means.
Step 7: Creating an Emergency
Turn over furniture, call 911 and shout “EDP!” into the receiver. Make up a story about your loved one to convince the police to take him to the hospital.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS AFTER THE PLAN IS DEVELOPED?
ASSESS the likelihood that the overall commitment plan will be used.
Problem solve to identify barriers or obstacles to using the plan. Determine how to eliminate them.
REVIEW the plan periodically to determine whether the plan needs to be revised.
The Commitment Plan™ app was developed with input from Nazis for Mental Hygiene. Developers: NamiDearest, Shock Girl, Psychiatrist Babs and BJ Daffy. The namiPhone uses the iOC operating system.