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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Perspective

A very close friend of mine has a son who was diagnosed with severe emotional and psychological problems at the age of four. Ever since, he's been on different formulas of psych medication, therapy, etc. Last night she told me about something he did in school which is severe and disturbing enough to warrant putting him in inpatient pediatric psych care.

This is a very heavy weight for a parent to carry, on so many levels- physically, emotionally, and mentally. And she's a single mom with no contact/support from the father, too. My heart really goes out to her.

It kinda puts the normal, expected behaviour problems we have with our kids in perspective.

5 comments:

  1. It's hard when your child is sick of a physical illness, much less a psychiatric illness. The good part is however, that it IS treatable if you stick with it and follow through with the recommendations. I know a lot of parents who don't want their kids on medications, but if they truly need it, they need it. And not having the dad around? Could be the best thing - especially when there's friends like you around!

    And about the car thing? There's stuff like that everywhere you live. The COST of simply living in NYC far exceeds the cost of maintenance on my nine year old car!

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  2. I hope your friend will stick with a good psychiatrist and follow advice too! Medication may be imparative...4 years old is so young...they need a comprehensive program. Check and see if you have a Girls and Boys Town there...run by Father Flannagan, of Boys Town. It is a free program and a mental health professional comes to your house as often as daily to assist and make recommendations based on what they find. It is such a wonderful program for the parent...very supportive and just the best thing ever! It is a self-referral program...so she can call and have someone come out. It saved our life here at one time. By best thoughts are going out to her, and her child and YOU too!!!

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  3. My friend's son has been on needs since he was 4- he's 8 now, almost 9. His mom does everything possible to manage the condition, and still it's gotten to the point where he needs inpatient care. It's very sad.

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  4. It certainly does - thanks for the perspective and I wish peace and happiness for your friend.

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  5. My heart goes out to your friend also.....such a difficult and sad situation.

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