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When You Have To Hospitalize Your Child

By: Echo Aspens at Finding Echo He isn’t sleeping. You know something isn’t right. His behaviors are becoming unpredictable. His mood swings are unavoidable and lengthy. Advertisements childrenchildrenwithmentalillnessmental disorderMental IllnessmentallillnessawarenessParenting

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Do You Feel Guilt From Having a Mental Illness?

Welcome back to this week’s Topic Thursday. Today, we will be answering the question, “Why do I have guilt over my mental illness?” Do You Suffer From Guilt Due To Mental Illness? It is difficult to not feel guilty about all the struggles that come with having a mental illness. Those around us are affected…

Thursday’s Topic| Intrusive Thoughts

Introducing Thursday’s Topic. Every Thursday, we will be introducing a new topic to discuss. These topics will focus on mental illness and parenting. We hope that we can create an atmosphere where parenting and mental illness coexist without judgment and shame. For our very first Thursday’s Topic, we will be discussing intrusive thoughts.  Thursday’s Topic:…

Mental Illness Does Not Define You as a Parent

Mental Illness does not define you as a parent.  Parenting through mental illness can be difficult. It can alter how we view ourselves as parents. In the darkest days, we think of ourselves failures, unworthy of loving, and providing for our children. It can become overwhelming with the chaos the pain, as it blinds our…

The Aftermath of Anxiety

The day started productively. My daughter and I baked muffins this morning. I had a small snafu with my coffee. The creamer went bad. I figured this would be the most significant inconvenience of the day. I wrote out a small grocery list: stuff for dinner, a couple of snacks for the kids, and without…

Parenting: A Mental Burden

Do you ever feel as if you need to step away for a couple of days after doing something mentally exhausting? Say, no social media, or cleaning, or even cooking. Simple tasks but ones that seem cumbersome in the moment? Monday, one of my kids had dental surgery. Cue PTSD triggers for both of us.…

Self-Care: Stepping Away From Social Media

This morning, I woke up and decided I needed a break from technology. I didn’t have the mental energy for social media. I couldn’t sit and stare at the television. So, I watched Iris play. I read a little. Then, we took a nap. Typically, I don’t like to nap because sleeping has always been…