Having a Son With Mental Health Issues

mother comforting childI don’t know if having a son with mental health issues can be put into words, but here’s what it’s like.  The ups and downs can happen every day or be weeks or months away. You just never know what the day will bring.  I think that it is really hard to find anything that will truly help.  Not all kids are alike and what works for one does not always work for the other.  You’ve just got to go with your gut and accept that there are always trials and tribulations.  Frustration and helplessness–oh yeah, they are there, too– but the good days we have outweigh any all bad days now or yet to come.

To see my son happy is all that matters to me.  Some days I wonder, “Will it ever get better?” and worry that it won’t.  I have learned that in order to get what my child needs to be successful, I have to be strong.  As long as I am alive, he has an advocate and I am committed till the end like no one else.  All the counselors, doctors, teachers and workers will come and go but I will be there all the way to put the pieces of the puzzle back together again and again.

“One day at a time” is my mantra.  Whoever came up with that phrase truly took the words from my mouth.  If the world only knew the real boy– my handsome, intelligent son—he would be loved to death and others would see he has so much to offer.  But the real boy seldom is seen because those bad days still outweigh the good.

—by Dawn S.