My son had been without medication for about a year. Despite that worrisome situation, he at least appeared to be stable. Then the decline started. This time it’s a slow setback, like lava moving down the side of a volcano. I know that at any moment it can burst into 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 ….
Many family members get stuck in the Denial Stage, never moving on to really dealing with the mental illness of their loved one. Leaving Denial means believing this terrible thing has really happened. While in the Denial Stage, it is easier to think all the bad symptoms will magically go Read More ….
I had never heard of Borderline Personality Disorder when my son was first diagnosed. My first reaction was to find out everything I could about it. As part of my research, I looked for a way to quickly fix the problem so my son could get on with his life. 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 ….