Mental Illness

Why I’ve Surrendered to Mental Illness

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” Those words are so true, and I feel honored that someone read those words and thought about me.  It made my day when I got a text from a friend that came across that quote and sent it to… Continue reading Why I’ve Surrendered to Mental Illness

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When a Spouse and Parent is Mentally Ill

I’ve never thought of it until now, but I actually don’t know anyone personally that has bipolar except my husband. You hear people make jokes about it that someone must be bipolar if they act out in a hyper or moody way.  But I don’t know anyone that is as close to the disease as… Continue reading When a Spouse and Parent is Mentally Ill

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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

learning disabilities · Mental Illness

What To Do When You’ve Reached Your Breaking point

Cry.  I can’t seem to get out of my own way this morning, everything keeps reducing me to tears.  I’m not sad really just overwhelmed and overworked, yes even stay at home moms can be overworked.  I put on such a brave face for Ranee, for the boys for my husband.  I have to, just… Continue reading What To Do When You’ve Reached Your Breaking point

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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

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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

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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