Janis my heart goes out to you.
A day late and a dollar short I couldn't read this whole thread and
not offer my full support to your family.
I have bipolar and my teen years we a very hard time to live threw.
I wasn't diagnosed until I was 20 and I sought out help for myself.
My parents weren't equip to offer me any help. Nobody talked to
me about my moods or why I would spend countless hours just laying
in bed crying.
I wish my parents (who I love with all my heart don't get me wrong)
were more like you. Actively searching for help. I can feel all the love
and the pain in your replies. I know your doing all you can and your
looking and searching for more.
Your a strong and loving Mom. Thank you for being that example to me.
OT-to those who have replied that don't have either life experience as
a Mom to a teen with issues, or life experience, or you don't have the
time to read the whole thread, and the replies from the OP....then just
don't reply at all.
Same for those who have anything (even if you feel your 100% correct
and feel your coming from a loving place) negative to say...keep that to
yourself as well. During times like these in a family it's the last thing this
Reading threw this thread made me feel sad, not only for the family, Mom,
Daughter, going threw such a hard time, but for the replies that just were
totally lacking in any empathy for this family.