Tag Archives: mental illness

Unlock that door

My dad’s face got that look when all the locks clicked.  You know, that l-sure-didn’t-expect-this look. We were there to see my then-12 year old son.  It was his 5th or 6th hospitalization so I had stopped noticing all the … Continue reading Unlock that door

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Emergency rooms, security guards and silver linings

As Children’s Mental Health week begins, I find myself thinking about my journey into the mental health world.  Almost 17 years ago, my husband and I adopted triplet sons. They were 2 days old the first time we held them.  … Continue reading Emergency rooms, security guards and silver linings

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My experience with public school

Throughout my public school years I always struggled with teachers, school counselors, and just about everybody in administration. When I began school, I started having problems immediately. No one there believed that I had mental illnesses. I did get a … Continue reading My experience with public school

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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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Is it Stage 1? Stage 4? Talking about acuity and mental health

When my son was nine, ten and then eleven, we lived at high alert.  He talked about how he wanted to die almost every day and many days, he hurt himself.  He had meltdowns several times a week that lasted … Continue reading Is it Stage 1? Stage 4? Talking about acuity and mental health

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