09-20-2017 08:54 PM - edited 09-20-2017 08:56 PM
The 'help or hinder' debate is an ongoing one! It's different for everyone.
Some find getting a diagnosis such a relief - it's like 'okay, now I know what it is, lets tackle it', it can help remove the illness from their own identity. While others feel pigeonholed and don't find it helpful.
It's really up to the individual on what they want to do with that diagnosis.
Either way, ensuring that the diagnosis doesn't define you is so important. This can take a bit of work when the illness itself can take up so much time and energy.
Finding the therapy that works for a child is the key above everything - and sometimes having a diagnosis can lead you down the path to finding what works best.
09-20-2017 08:57 PM
Haha That's funny @taokat. The thing I love about teenagers is that they will say "you have to say that, you're my mum." but at the same time be completely stoked you said it.
Can I get one more in before we finish @Nicole-SANEaus I wanted to ask about teenagers with MH illnesses getting older and moving into adulthood? Should parents be offering longer-term support to their teenagers / young adults? As in asking them to continue living at home longer so they can benefit from the family's support?
09-20-2017 09:00 PM
That makes perfect sense @Nicole-SANEaus That it's neither good nor bad, it's what people do with that information / diagnosis.
I think what happens is that parents feel like they have been stumbling in the dark for so long that a diagnosis starts to look like the light at the end of the tunnel but it may be very different for the young person.
What I'm understanding is that the most important thing is to give your teenager the space to feel in control of their own mental health experience and to be there as an ongoing support in whatever way works for them
09-20-2017 09:02 PM
@Ngaio-RO I love what you say about teens being completely stoked we said it - another thing I hadn't considered!! I've only heard the "of course you're going to say that", and only thought "why won't you listen to me!"
09-20-2017 09:03 PM
09-20-2017 09:06 PM - edited 09-20-2017 09:07 PM
Awesome @Nicole-SANEaus I think that's probably put a lot of parent's minds at ease. Knowing that there are all sorts of ways to continue supporting your now adult child, without feeling like you have to forgo your own needs! That's wonderful.
Thank you so much for your input tonight @Nicole-SANEaus it's been awesome getting your expertise on this stuff.
And thank you @taokat I always love your stories about you and your daughter. What a great mum you are to her.
09-20-2017 09:08 PM
Thank you so much for having me tonight!
My main purpose for doing sessions like this is to reduce the stigma, fear and myths of mental illness, so I wanted to leave you with two stories of young people with a lived experience of mental illness who are living fulfilling lives.
THANK YOU!! *WAVES*
09-20-2017 09:09 PM
Great advice @Nicole-SANEaus. I'm thinking that my daughter will require ongoing support, but she may very well surprise me! Don't ask me on a bad day, but I don't want her to move out any time soon
09-20-2017 09:12 PM
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