Why I'm Here
My parenting journey has been unique compared to many parents I know. All of my children suffer at some level from debilitating anxiety and depression. As a result, I have become well-educated over the last several years on the particular parenting skills required to support my children and others like them.
In the fall of 2014, a few weeks in to his freshman year of high school, my adolescent son, the sweet, polite, active, social, high achieving child I had always known, began to disappear. He stopped participating in activities he loved. He developed physical symptoms that kept him out of school. He gradually withdrew until he barely spoke to his family or friends.
Four years later anxiety and depression stopped my younger daughter in her tracks. I learned that she had been working so hard to appear “normal” - to excel, participate, and engage – so that none but her closest friends would know what was truly going on inside of her that she had literally worn herself out.
My older daughter pushes through her anxiety and depression every single day. While it has not brought her life to a standstill, it has had a deep impact on her energy and confidence.
Forging a path to help and support my children has been an incredibly educational journey, and I have learned some important lessons:
YOU CANNOT FORCE ADOLESCENTS OR YOUNG ADULTS TO DO WHAT THEY DO NOT WANT TO DO!
When parents open up and talk about the challenges their children are facing, we find that we are not alone.
There is no single resource to assist parents of children experiencing anxiety and depression to define the best approach for their child.
The resources that are available leave meaningful gaps in information, making parents’ decision-making that much more difficult and stressful.
What parents really need is someone who understands what they are going through, who will listen and help them make informed decisions.