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I’m grateful for my parents, and they’re grateful for me

Olivia

Founder of Millennial Girl, Interrupted, a senior in a small Connecticut high school. I've been through many treatments and recoveries and am eager to share the lessons I've learned!

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I'm grateful for my parents because they challenge me. They don't always tell me what I want to hear. My father, in particular, knows when to push me and when to comfort.   He didn't always. For a long time, I wouldn't characterize either of my parents as at all effective in facilitating my treatment.… Continue reading I’m grateful for my parents, and they’re grateful for me

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What’s Hardest About Being the Parent of a Mentally Ill Young Person? That’s really the wrong question.

On a really tough day last month, feeling nearly desperate about a major problem I was having at work, I wallowed for hours in helpless fear and anger.  Finally I reined myself in by briefly imagining that these feelings are what my mentally ill daughter goes through perhaps every day to some degree and some… Continue reading What’s Hardest About Being the Parent of a Mentally Ill Young Person? That’s really the wrong question.

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Parenting Mentally Ill Children: Part 1

In the ages-old clash between nature and nurture, when it comes to mental illness, there is no right answer. Mental illness is often genetic; I’ve been asked by every doctor I’ve ever seen about family history of mental illness. Almost every disorder, too, is at least somehow affected by a person’s upbringing, from infancy to… Continue reading Parenting Mentally Ill Children: Part 1