Through the Wringer

When it comes to parenting a child with mental health issues, I think I’ve been through it all.  Multiple school expulsions, stigmas about me & my son, family estrangement, psychiatric evaluations, court battles with an incorrigible & non-existent co-parent, emergency room visits, in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations, anxiety-inducing medical bills (there will be a blog about that), […]

The Best Parent I Can Be

My son came back home several days ago, unexpectedly.  The last week has been such a turbulent time for the two of us.  One minute he wasn’t in my home because I couldn’t take any longer the weight of parenting a child with severe mental & emotional issues.  Then the next minute, he is back.  […]

When Shit Hits the Fan, Have Faith

Two days ago, I couldn’t take it anymore.  I was listening to music that, for whatever reason, triggered a reaction from my son, starting up an argument.  For those who follow my blog, you know that my son is diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) and mood disorder – disruptive mood dysregulation disorder to be […]

School Systems & Mental Health

My son is currently a junior in high school.  It is spring semester and he is currently being home schooled by a district approved teacher.  He is receiving only 10 hours of instruction each week.  His last placement, a therapeutic school, did not work out.  He was there for only a year.  Despite providing the […]

The Loneliness of Mental Health

“…you are an exceptional parent – because you have been called on to be the only person capable and necessary to handle the colossal responsibility of raising a child with mental health issues.” This encapsulates all of the emotions and thoughts that I felt this past weekend.  My son had another emotional episode in which […]

Lessons Learned From ODD – part 3

Not everyone has the will power to handle people who are obstinate and rigid. My son’s father is one of them. Interestingly, he too is an incredibly rigid person. For the last nearly three years, he has relinquished all of his parental responsibilities and rights for a number of reasons; one of which is the […]