I Have A Child With A Mental Illness

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    Well another episode today.

    He took off running from the bus. Tried to run into traffic and kill himself. It took 3 people from his school, a officer from a neighboring school and an aid in his car to corral him from following through. He is now in a psychiatric hospital AGAIN, inpatient. They have already...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Dec 2, 2014

    I hate when I haven't seen

    or talked to someone for awhile, and they ask how my son is doing. I feel my heart breaking and defeat when I tell them. They will say something like "I'm so sorry" and I know they mean well. I know they are genuine, but I just want to scream! Sometimes I wake up breathing those...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    Oct 3, 2014

    My son is 11 years old,

    I knew something was off when he was just a tiny thing, but family and professionals ignored my pleas for help. At 2-3 he his hyperactivity was through the roof. He never expressed signs of empathy. I was told he would catch up with the empathy, and the hyperactivity was of no...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 28, 2014

    Our 20 year old son has an autism spectrum

    disorder and was recently diagnosed as bipolar 1. I knew right away, at his birth that he was different. Instinctively, I started full body massages on him right after he was born. While he was awake, I would firmly stroke down his arms and legs and down his tiny back. A...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Sep 2, 2014

    Daughter With Mental Illness

    My 18 year old daughter went from a straight A student in 2008, to just passing her final year of school in 2012. She had a tough time at school with not being able to maintain friendships and was bullied a lot. She was diagnosed with depression in 2011, but refused to go on any...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    8 Responses May 23, 2013

    I have a 9 year old son

    who has an anxiety disorder. I am a single mother of two boys, I also have a 5 year old. I think the hardest part is being so alone in dealing with it. His father likes to sweep his mental illness under the rug, and only recently agreed that he needs the medication that he...
    sweetie8403 sweetie8403
    31-35, F
    Sep 28, 2014

    Our 21 year old son is Bipolar 1.

    He had his first full manic episode with a psychotic break his first semester in college. We learned in a DBSA meeting that it can take two years to recover from a psychotic episode. The healing process was harrowing for us as parents to watch, but a nightmare for him to...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2015

    I have a 20 year old son

    that is bi-polar 1. He sucks the energy and life out of us. I love him but resent him and what this illness has taken from our marriage. I exercise myself into exhaustion hoping to control my anger and keep from succumbing to depression myself. My husband and I have no...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jul 31, 2014

    THERE IS HOPE! New meds,

    new therapist, good advice and fresh hope. My 21 year old son is bipolar, he self diagnosed when he was 12, and told his doctor. The doctor was impressed with my sons self awareness, but it is dangerous to medicate children, so he suffered through his school years. He...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Dec 6, 2014

    Karen's Story

    I have a beautiful, smart 27 year old daughter who has schizoaffective disorder. She was always "different", but when she started to hit puberty, her depression was so bad that we sought treatment. The fine folks at Kaiser put her on an anti-depressant, which then kicked her...
    ColoGrama ColoGrama
    56-60, F
    1 Response Sep 16, 2010

    For those of you who have a Facebook

    or Twitter; please consider spreading the word to help end the stigma. It won't end unless we raise our voices!
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    Oct 5, 2014

    Round 6 for my son at the hospital?

    Maybe...I don't know. Just got a call from the school saying he tried to strangle himself with the blind cord because it became too noisy and he couldn't stop it. I don't know how much more strength I have.
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    Oct 20, 2014

    Interagency meeting tomorrow at the school,

    so we can discuss how to keep him safe. How to make him get on the bus. How to make him do his work. HA!! This should be fun!
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Oct 23, 2014

    Today was Cass's turn.

    In some ways Cass's problems are obvious - he has all three types of tics that qualify for Tourette's, for example. But in many ways he has hidden problems that he has kept bottled up inside all these years. Cass is our third and youngest son and his father and two older...
    perseverer perseverer
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Sep 22, 2014

    My son snapped at school again today.

    Threatened to jump out the window and kill himself. Councilor told him that wasn't an option because the window doesn't open enough obviously for safety reasons. So my son smashed the window and tried to jump. I can't get a direct admit into a psych hospital, because dontcha...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Nov 20, 2014

    Who is this bright eyed,

    smiling, handsome young man? He's not the same person that was so frighteningly ill two years ago. I am so proud of him and his determination to live a full, functioning life in spite of bipolar I. He somehow learned to separate himself from the chaos of the illness and...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Mar 20, 2015
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