Hi @Faob_1, How was the pedicure? I agree with @Erin-RO. A counsellor is someone to talk to about all that you are going through. I hid stuff for years with my sons behaviour.....wanted to protect him and us as a family (I am divorced now). I also still don't tell a lot of people about all the turmoil as I figure its affected my sons and our families lives so much. I didn't wish to burden other people with it all as well. Screaming, yelling, smoking pot, stealing, school refusal, lying, not meeting curfews, police involvement, hospital presentations and aggression stemming from my sons anxiety and behaviours has truly affected our lives just so so much and I can fully empathise with you being physically and emotionally shattered. I am a single older parent and have cut my professional working hours to the bare minimum.....going through stuff with my son and then trying to deal with full-time work was just too much for me to manage. I now accept all the assistance I can get. My son attends a residential school during the week, I accept offers of help from family members (who have only just recently started to come to the party as they could finally see the seriousness of the situation), I look after myself more (walks, massages, writing, coffee with friends, meditation, yoga....anything to help me deal with the stress and I have the time now) and am receiving counselling. Opening up to someone we don't know can be a blessing. You can ask your GP for a mental health care plan to cut back on psychologists costs. It took me courage to admit I wasn't coping but then who could? Its a tough journey however I love my son dearly and will not give up on him. There is always hope. Plus I try my best in the quiet moments to look on all of this as an opportunity to help others who are in a similar situation. My son is improving slowly but there have been setbacks. More to "talk" about next time. Try the counselling. Is it possible for you to have a break from work for a while?
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