Thanksgiving – Coping with mental illness

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.” I Thess 5:16-18 (MSG) What? I’m supposed to go around with a happy face pasted on? Days when our loved ones’ mental illness is causing great distress for everyone, it is hard to even think about Read More ….

It’s The Holidays, Again

(This is the beginning of a series about helping our loved ones and ourselves through the stresses of the holidays.) It’s that time of year again: The Holidays. The time from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day is probably the most stressful period in America. Expectations are high; reality is low. Read More ….

Stages of Dealing: Transition

The day my son called and told me about his attempted suicide, followed by telling me that he had been diagnosed with a mental illness, I tried to maintain a “sunny attitude.” Part of the charade was so he wouldn’t get angry and hang up. And, part was due to not knowing what else to do. It was three days before I cried. Read More ….

Coping with the Holidays

Holidays are hard. Crowded schedules, family expectations, self expectations, and physical and emotional drain. For our loved ones who suffer with brain disorders that cause emotional distress, all the stress of the holidays is even worse. While we are planning joyous celebrations, our ill family member may be just trying Read More ….