Where Are The Real Honest Parents Talking About Mental Illness?

May 03, 2016



Recently I started trying to find resources for families to help with teenagers pushing boundaries, resources for families with teenagers that just are not perfect, and resources for those parents trying to be proactive in parenting their teens and have realized no one is actually writing about personal experiences. No one is writing about what they are doing to try to find help or what they are doing that might or might not be working. All I find are professional sites for ideas and guidance. I want to know there are other parents out there possibly dealing with tough teens. I want people to be able to Google "my daughter is drinking" or "my son is depressed" and get real life, not clinical life. Mental illness on any and all levels is huge right now. And the fact that people don't openly talk about it, especially in teens and children is a big deal. My son has not been to counseling and has not been diagnosed with anything other than ADHD when he was 9, but I know something is going on with him and I need to be able to talk about. Where are all the real honest posts from all those families out with mental illness issues on any level? I guess I will be the one to post the real outlook on what is going on in hopes maybe someone will find it and be able to really relate to it. 



Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function. (mayo clinic)

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26 comments

  1. I think mental illness is still really taboo and I don't understand why. So many people have a form of it and we need to TALK about it so people understand it.

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  2. I studied mental illness in college, it covers a wide range of conditions.

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  3. People need to see real life. Showing real life helps people to get the help they need.

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  4. Talking is so important - especially in regards to mental health issues.

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  5. Mental illness is real scary. It is very important to treat, yet so many people do not realize they have it.

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  6. It is so sad that in this suppossedly enlightened age in which we live that mental illness is still so hush, hush and misunderstood. I tell my kids that like cancer or kidney disease, mental illness is a disease. A disease that anyone may contract and these people deserves the same compassion and understanding as a person with any other illness.

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  7. Ever since I was a teenager, I've battled depression and anxiety. You're right that people don't talk about it enough, and these stigmas around mental health make it so people are ashamed to admit they (or their children) might have a problem.

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  8. Talking about mental illness is the only way to end the mistrust and misinformation.

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  9. It's certainly not a topic that everyone wants to discuss especially when it comes to parents and their kids. Thanks for voicing this out, it's good to raise awareness.

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  10. A lot of parents are still struggling with the taught that their child may be Mentally ill. But I do believe if we keep talking. Especially about teenage depression Parents as well as teens will be more aware and feel comfortable to open up to others.

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  11. Mental Illness is terrible, honestly is so hard to deal with depression and anxiety.

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  12. A lot of people don't understand it, so they're afraid of it and don't talk about it. It's a circle. Getting it more out in the open would be beneficial for everyone.

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  13. Great post on a very important we often want to ignore.

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  14. I agreed with Denise, a few people don't understand or they don't know what it is.

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  15. Mental illness shouldn't be taken lightly. I mean, people must be more aware of it nowadays.

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  16. I have a brother who suffers from dyspraxia. I feel sad because I can't cure him, but I try and stay confident so he can feel the same, because that way he can push himself to new heights. When we were younger, we were both in our garden, and I helped him to learn to ride a bike for the first time, which is something his condition should prevent him from doing. He can now ride a bike perfectly. Aside from continuing to suffer from it and experience such things like a lack of confidence, frustration and anger, he feels so much better whenever me or anyone else in the family is around. It just goes to show how important having a caring community around him made such a difference to his life. That's what I believe makes the difference for those suffering with a mental illness; what makes us perfect is our own imperfections. It just takes a community to bring that out in people, embrace who you are and be proud.

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  17. Indeed a difficult topic, i think a lot of parents think they can be ostracized for having a "different" type of family.

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  18. It is a difficult conversation but as a parent we need to have this information avaible !

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  19. It's absolutely a hard topic to deal with but people should be open about it and spread awareness. Thanks for sharing!
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  20. I do know people that do speak about issues like mental health (myself included) but we are so far and few between it is quite disheartening.

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  21. I'm working in a school where so many students are emotionally disturbed. It's hard to watch parents get diagnosis after diagonis without real help (in some cases, not a lot, but the ones I've seen are heartwrenching).

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  22. I think mental illness is one of those topics that not many parents want to admit that they deal with. A resource that easily answers the questions you mentioned should be created…I'm surprised it hasn't been already.

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  23. It really does boggle my mind why people can't be more open about these things and not get judged. I with the whole stigma would go away! The more accepting the better

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  24. I think a lot of people have seen social media and blogs as a double edged sword. It can be used to get more info but it can also be used by others to hurt others more.

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  25. I really look forward to the day that mental illness is treated like other illnesses are. This post is awesome.

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  26. This matter should be talked about and not ignored. A hard and sensitive topic but people needs to be aware of this.

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