He blasted out the door with the force of a rocket leaving the bounds of earth. Rocks flew as he hit the gas pedal to speed out of the driveway. The screen door now had the bottom broken out and hung by one hinge. The front door knob had left Read More ….
Like most Americans, I’m saddened by the tragedy in Arizona this past weekend. I’m praying for families who have lost a loved one, and for those who are injured and healing. Also, I’m specifically praying for the parents of the shooter, Jared Loughner. My husband and I heard the news Read More ….
One of the hardest steps for a family is accepting that a loved one has a mental illness. The next hardest is accepting that you are also a “victim” of the illness. I don’t like using the word “victim;” it is such an overused word. Mental illness, like so many Read More ….
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 ….
For readers looking for a sensational tell-all, Lynne Spears’ Through the Storm, will be disappointing. I, too, was disappointed, but for different reason Through the Storm, subtitled A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World is less than it promises. It is less about family and more Read More ….
The first principle of support for NAMI family support groups is “We will see the individual first, not the illness.” As family members it is easy to see the illness first because so much of our lives is based on the illness. Each day is filled with behaviors induced by Read More ….
Often mental illness will first exhibit as behavior that seems a little strange: Talking to one’s self, imaginary worlds, or staying away from other people. When this behavior occurs in a young adult, it is noticed and seen as odd. When this behavior happens in a child, even in the Read More ….
“If you will just get out of your son’s life, he will be fine.” The words hit me right in the heart. Oh, I had plenty of people critique my parenting over the course of the five years our son had been on a downhill track. This time it struck Read More ….