Monthly Archives: November 2015

But you don’t act like you’re [insert mental health diagnosis here]

I have bipolar disorder. After years of struggling to find an appropriate diagnosis, years of misleading, suggested and “not otherwise specified” attempts to pin down what was “wrong” with me, I finally feel satisfied with the diagnosis I’ve been given. … Continue reading But you don’t act like you’re [insert mental health diagnosis here]

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Are you the Social Worker? No, I am the mom.

I walked into my son’s new residential and sat down to have the “intake” meeting.  A lot was happening.  It’s a new program in a new location and new staff too.  It’s also a program designed for young people moving … Continue reading Are you the Social Worker? No, I am the mom.

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Stigma: it’s in the little things

Stigma is about the little things.  The averted look, the space people suddenly give you when your child is behaving oddly or aggressively and the expression that says clearly, “Why don’t you control your child?” It’s those little things that wear you … Continue reading Stigma: it’s in the little things

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