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September 15th, 2016 at 06:52 am

September has definitely not been my month. It's just been one bad thing after another. I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Regardless of everything else, it's been very high stress because Drama Llama(11) is having a really rough time. There is definitely an element of mental health issues and I suspect these are just the first steps down a very long road.

For now, every thing about our "fairly easy" child is very difficult. I've never had to micromanage his homework before. (I mean, like we never help him at all or pay any attention to that because he is very responsible). He's never had problem sleeping in his own bed before. We've never had any problems leaving him for a date or whatever. Honestly, it's very deja vu to the baby years. Just tons of work and really no idea what we are doing. But figuring it as we go along. Very "one day at a time".

Given family history, none of this is a surprise. I just have no frame of reference of getting help so young, because in the past was so taboo and/or most in my family are too stubborn to get any help. (e.g. My mom got help in her 40s). I think some of it is that he isn't a stubborn type (thank goodness!) and some of it is we've always talked very openly about these things with our kids. We wouldn't want them to hold in feelings of wanting to harm themselves. He is very open to any help that we can get him.

For now, just surviving.

7 Responses to “Quick Update”

  1. Jenn Says:

    So sorry that you're going through this. You're level-headed and I'm sure that helping to keep the situation in perspective.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    So sorry to hear about DL's struggles, but he is very lucky to have parents who are willing to approach the problem clear-eyed and open-minded. You'll help him down that road, I know.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm so very sorry! There is not as much of a stigma with mental health as there was in the past. Definitely have him see the doctor and a counselor if you haven't already. Isn't he at a new school? Is there anything that set this off at the new school, a teacher or a classmate? I don't need to know the details, I'm just giving ideas (and probably not ones you haven't already thought of). Sending prayers for your son and you as parents to cope with it.

  4. Carol Says:

    Hoping some help now will obviate need for lots of help later.
    Of the kids I taught who needed and got some help, most seemed less distressed than their peers who didn't get the help.
    Sending caring wishes your way.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    {{hugs}}

  6. Tabs Says:

    That has to be quite tough on everyone. Please hang in there.

  7. Dido Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about DL's issues--but glad he is open to help. That will make it so much easier in the end, but mental health issues are never easy. Hugs.

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