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Suspecting Your Child Has Mental Illness Can Cause You Anxiety. But It's Harder To Look The Other Way


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Oct 4, 2019
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Mental illness is a terrible thing. If you have issues with anxiety, clinical depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, bipolar disorder, etc., it can really turn your life upside down.

And if you're a parent of a child or a teenager, suspecting that your child or teen may have mental illness can be a hard thing to face as well. I know that if I had children, and if I had good reason to believe that one or more of them had mental illness, I would have a difficult time facing that as well. This is especially true since I know how hard having mental illness is. I've had mental health issues for much of my life. I would hate to have one or more of my kids end up with this illness. If I had children, I would want them to be happy in life, after all.

However, if you have good reason to suspect that your child or adolescent has mental illness, sure it's a difficult thing to face. But it's even harder to look the other way. If your child or teen has mental illness, he or she can't fight it all by themselves. They need your help as well as the help of competent mental health providers. Looking the other way does your child or teen no good.

Realizing that your child or adolescent needs help is a difficult thing to face. However, it's much worse to look the other way, especially since your child or teen can overcome their mental health issues with the help of mental health providers.