Are you a mother of a son with a mental health or behavioral problem? How did you cope with the reality that your son would probably need your help and support for the rest of his life? For many parents, accepting an illness can feel like one of the worst things you’ll ever have to do. Many mothers have spoken to me about their struggle to not only accept but also to live with their child’s illness. It isn’t easy. It’s almost unimaginable.
That happy child you birthed is now a sad, overlooked young man who has become the victim of a failed mental health system, years of unhelpful medications, and mediocre therapy sessions. The stress and pressure of being the mother or father of a child who isn’t being helped, is insurmountable. For many families, an illness requires so many levels of adjustment such as emotional, psychological, physical, financial, and even social. Fear of stigma, of not being taken seriously, of being judged or blamed, of not being able to afford care, of being turned away by insurance companies, of your child getting into legal troubles, of being misunderstood, etc. lives in the hearts and minds of families experiencing the sting of severe mental illness.
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