The taint of mental illness
So many people in our society have issues with mental illness. Depression is rampant. Most of us can't think of at least one person we know well who is taking an antidepressant. Many of us are taking one ourselves. We have become a society of sad, anxious people. And yet, people don't judge plain old depression with such negativity. Ok, some do. There are families that would rather die than have a family member to to therapy. It is deemed weak to seek help. But for us, the stigma of depression isn't very strong. How can it be when we're all there at one point or another.
But when you move past depression to a chronic mental illness like Bipolar Disorder, it starts to get scary. Bipolar is neferious. It is challanging and confusing. It is not easy to treat. It can often be tragic. Even when caught young, bipolars can be erratic and untrustworthy. Employers might question the ability to hold a job. Colleges might question the ability to complete a degree program.
That's no way for a kid who already has issues to have to face the world. I am frightened that my son might be held back from his full potential because of his illness. I worry so much for his future, and because I do, it causes him anxiety. I am trying to stop with the assumptions that he will be doing x, y, or z as an adult. I have no idea what he will be doing. I don't know if he will be able to go to college. I don't know if he will be able to be on his own and remain med compliant. I don't know how to predict a future when I can't even make assumptions about the present.
This is tough parenting. It makes me tired and unhappy and scared. Stumble It! JBlog Me