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 […]

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 […]

Pain of Child Abandonment

I have had many challenging moments raising my son through his emotional and mental issues. As infuriating and distressing as these episodes have been, they aren’t nearly as difficult as that of child abandonment. Our circumstances are extremely complicated. To try to explain it in one blog would not do justice to depict how messy […]

The One Constant

My teenage son suffers not only from ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) and mood disorder but also from the emotional turmoil of parent abandonment, racial and identity issues, anger and self-loathing. In his fits of anger, my son has called me every name in the book. He has destroyed several of my belongings. He has put […]