When Your Child Has A Mental Illness

This is the post I never, ever thought I would have to write. My youngest son, my sweet, loving, cuddly, animal loving, energetic, fun-loving ten-year-old boy, is mentally ill. It shouldn't feel so different. After an autism diagnosis, two anxiety disorder diagnosis, an ADHD diagnosis, an autoimmune disease diagnosis, and a panic disorder diagnosis, you would think the words "bipolar disorder" would somehow feel...Read More

My Son Is A Child, Not A Bipolar Diagnosis

My son snuggled against me, on the beige leather couch, trying to get comfortable and forget the sensory sensation of his legs sticking to the fabric. "Sweet boy," I murmured, and smoothed his unruly hair. The psychiatrist was instructing us in all the things. The medications we needed to try. The possible side effects. The school options. The therapies necessary. The long-term likelihood of...Read More

My Children Are More Than Their Differences

Lately, there has been no escape from the endless lists. Of symptoms Of medications Of side effects Of doctors appointments Of helpful books to read Of therapists to see Of other people who have struggled with the same differences and grew up to be perfectly amazing Of diagnoses Of educational options Of future possibilities for long term care Of all the things to watch...Read More

What Do I Do Now That My Child Has A Diagnosis?

"How are you doing?" the psychologist asked, after his session with my son. I am asked this a lot lately. By sweet friends. By my family. By my husband. By many of you. I am grateful that I am asked. But I am never really sure how to respond. The last few weeks (really months) have been a haze of symptoms and meltdowns, medications...Read More