Mental Illness

Helping Siblings Of Children With Mental Illness To Cope

This whole process has had such a profound effect on me. You can’t go this kind of stuff and not be changed. Life experiences can have all kinds of effects on people it can harden you, it can break you, it can empower you.  No matter what the outcome these kinds of life challenges will… Continue reading Helping Siblings Of Children With Mental Illness To Cope

Mental Illness

Coming Into The Light When It’s Been Dark For So Long

Ranee had a rough morning, she came home from her day program in tears, she got off the bus and walked herself to her closet and closed the door.  Her closet is her quiet place she’s turned it into her haven when she’s stressed or overwhelmed she takes space in there.  She’s outfitted  it with… Continue reading Coming Into The Light When It’s Been Dark For So Long

learning disabilities · Mental Illness

A Lesson In Sacrifice

After every institutionalization we would try our best to get back into a routine.  There was always a little bit of apprehension about returning to school, what to tell the other kids when they asked where she had been. She would be eager to get back to her routine as well, she missed her teachers… Continue reading A Lesson In Sacrifice

Mental Illness

Institutions and facilities for young mentally ill children

The process for getting a mentally ill child into treatment is so long and drawn out.  There’s no mercy because they are children, no greater compassion. the process is exhausting, especially for the caregivers.  We’ve been through this process now three times in six months.  Every hospitalization has been so exhausting on us as a… Continue reading Institutions and facilities for young mentally ill children

Mental Illness

A Letter To The Mean People, Quieting The Voices

Ranee was diagnosed with anxiety and depression with psychosis.  Which was different from the original diagnosis we got from the first institution.  Everyone says she’s complex, and they’re still trying to really sort out what’s going on with her. It was also noted that she has a very low self-esteem. The diagnosis was heartbreaking.  My… Continue reading A Letter To The Mean People, Quieting The Voices

Mental Illness

The day my daughters mind broke

We had a great weekend, spent time with friends and family, Ranee had been to a party with all the little girls from our congregation it was a normal weekend.  She had confided in me that some little boys at school had been bothering her, nothing malicious, just little boy silliness.  But she wanted it… Continue reading The day my daughters mind broke