Hi @courtneylage ,
Thanks so much for sharing your powerful words here- I just wanted to let you know that I made a small edit to remove your name, just to keep your post in line with our community guidelines around staying anonymous
As a parent myself, (who also raised my first child alone for the first 4 years of her life) I can't even begin to imagine what you and your children have been through over the last 8 or more years.
It sounds like you have been able to use your lived experience in a really purposeful way through your work with other families and in your advocacy work , and I'm sure that you will change many lives for the better through your work. Are you and your family still getting support with your c-PTSD?
Do you mind if I ask what you found helpful in your own recovery journey? I know we have a lot of other parents reading who may also be recovering from complex trauma, and hearing from people who've walked the same path is really powerful.
Thank you so much for sharing your story here, wishing you and your family all the very best
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Hi @HM911 sorry to hear about the struggles your son is going through and the stress and heartbreak you are experiencing. It is painful to see your kids hurting so much. When my daughters depression was at its worst she was admitted to hospital on two separate occasions when we were concerned for her safety. Her first stay in hospital was in an adult ward (she was only 16 years old at the time) She rang me that night crying that she wanted to come home. My heart was breaking.... I knew it was not the most ideal environment for her, but I knew she had to stay - for her safety as well as my peace of mind. We managed to get her into an adolescent ward for her second stay in hospital, which was much more suited for her.
Although, It is challenging and difficult coping with the anger and the tantrums, it sounds like you have a close relationship with your son and it is of great comfort to your son to have you close by.
You mentioned your son was on medication. Discuss with the psychiatrist your options in regards to medication and hospitalisation. You may be able to receive the right treatment without the need for a hospital admission. A hospital stay will come with its own stresses and challenges, so best to get advice from your health professionals about how the hospitals can help. Although, if you are ever concerned for your sons safety do not hesitate to take him to hospital.
One thing I would recommend, is making sure that you look after yourself - the one thing I did not do!
I would have been a better person and parent if I got the help I needed at the time.
My daughter just turned 18. She is still on medication and has regular therapy to manage her depression, but the absolute worst is behind us, and I am grateful that our life has mostly gone back to "normal".
Please make sure to take care of yourself and continue to use the forums for support... there are many parents who have had similar experiences here to help
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