support for parents of mentally ill adults

  1. HereWeGoAgain

    New Participant

    Hello. I am new to this discussion board, though a veteran of some others. I am posting this from a simple desire to tell my story. I am a somewhat private person and don't discuss this situation much outside of the immediate family. I'm a man in my late forties and have four kids: two...
  2. I

    Update. A little drama...

    So my son has moved from his restrictive recovery home mainly because said recovery home requires their residents to get a job in a certain amount of time or find another placement. He had another three weeks but since this present place he is at is on north side with lots more jobs and close to...
  3. dashcat

    A baby step in the right direction

    difficult child went to the therapist yesterday. I had seen the same therapist on Saturday and she had suggested difficult child and I come in together for a session to discuss the possiblity of difficult child seeing a psychiatrist. I did broach the subject with difficult child, but she wanted to see her alone yesterday (she does not know I had seen her)...
  4. Nancy

    Addiction recovery support meeting

    I hope all you ladies are sitting at your computers in your robes with a cup of coffee in hand. We have made it through the holiday, at least the first one. We took one day at a time and we have made it. Please tell us about your day with or without difficult child and how you are feelings. Patriots...
  5. P

    I'm afraid of my difficult child

    I don't think I can take much more. My difficult child will not even discuss getting a job. I don't want to kick him out because he doesn't seem like he's even in his right mind. He's bipolar, but does that make him crazy? He goes from goofy, silly (like a five year old), impulsive, loud, (almost...
  6. H

    Basic Questions

    I was in denial for a long time regarding my son's diagnosis. When I was told to read up on bipolar i read thinks like hallucinations, etc. It scared me and I said this is not my son. He did not have them, as far as I know. He was diagnosed ADHD in 2nd grade I think and that was about all I...
  7. Momnotlivingthedream

    Enough pain, lies and hurt - the boy needs to go.

    Hi. I am very upset right now and just want to say that I am grateful to have found this site because for the first time I don't feel like I am the only one experiencing this torture. I have been dealing with my 23 year old son's destructive, disrespectful, dishonest behaviors for about 7...
  8. dashcat

    Need Serious Support - esp from parents of bi-polar kids

    Oh Good God! I've posted about a week ago about my difficult child and her impulsive behavior (stolen wedding rings - just because she wanted them) and her having almost broken one of my house rules by agreeing to have a guy she'd met online (but with whom she was in luuuvvv, but who subsequently dropped her...
  9. B

    It's been a really long time.........

    Hello everyone! Wow, it's been so long, I feel a bit guilty for reaching out now seeing as though I have stayed away for so long. Hope everyone is doing well, or as well as can be expected anyway. I see a lot of familiar faces (so to speak), hoping good things have been happening for all of...
  10. W

    Quick update on difficult child - stopped his medications.

    I saw difficult child on Monday evening. He had texted me and asked me to bring him the clothes and stuff that he'd left at my parents house over Christmas. Apparently he has found someone new to stay with. His friend "A"'s mother has said she can't stand to see him homeless and he can sleep on their...
  11. DammitJanet

    Ok...kitchen done!

    All but two pans which are soaking! I did all the dishes and pans. I wiped down everything. I swepted the floors and I even mopped. I am exhausted. I really should get down on my hands and knees to do the floor because the crevices need attention but lord knows I just cant do it. You...
  12. Star*

    Hello Mom? Do you think I could be Bipolar?

    Hi all, This was the call I got from difficult child last night. If you've been following our saga, Dude is in a group home after leaving Department of Juvenile Justice. He's been non-compliant, lying, stealing and sleeping most of the day away. He quit his first and only job he needs for restitution, and said he was barely able...
  13. S

    What do we know about the success rate of psychotropic drug therapies?

    Hello, everyone :O) As I researched Cymbalta, I was shocked to learn that, among some other pretty horrific side effects, it can precipitate mania. I did some other internet searching, and found so many sites where people who need help are receiving medications that not only don't address...
  14. F

    Dealing with trolls and disruptive people; my new boundary

    I am going to treat them much like I do when my difficult child is being disrespectful or looking for a fight. The ignore button works great. You won't even know that the person has posted and nobody has to be the wiser. As parents of children who do not grow up, use substances, can be violent and...
  15. DDD

    Anyone have experience with Haldol?

    As you know difficult child#2 has lived with his biomom for the last few years. He has been off his medications for close to a year. I received a text from him saying "hooray, Mama, my Mom acknowledges I am BiPolar (BP) and need medications." For years he got along well with Risperdone, Trazadone and a stimulant...
  16. Lil

    I HATE MONEY

    I HATE it! I hate everything about it! I hate the word itself. He calls and says, "I know I have no business asking and feel free to stop me now"...I said "what?" BIG MISTAKE. He's all, "I never get to <town where the interview is> and if I could just get $20 to hang around with..." I...
  17. JKF

    This is never going to end is it?

    difficult child just called from some stranger's cell phone in a panic. He said he got kicked out of his friends house because they said he's untrustworthy. Hmmm untrustworthy? Sadly not surprised. Anyway, he said he had no where to go and could I ask my husband to come pick him up in PA 2 hours away. I...
  18. A

    between rock & hard place

    It's been a while since I posted. Much going on, not much of it good. Peter Pan is now back in the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) where he was last fall. We got 1 week's insurance coverage for what is supposed to be a 6-week (incredibly expensive) program. When I agreed for him to give this another shot, I said verbally...
  19. mom_to_3

    Grandson Is a difficult child!

    I've known it all along......... I guess this morning just really took me to the end of my rope with it. My grandson had an appointment. for a sleep deprived eeg today. I had him go to bed late and then I woke us both up at 2 a.m. :bloodshot: for an 8 a.m. appointment. time. After the initial wake up...
  20. E

    maybe a happy ending

    This is my first post on this forum, although you can see from the join date i contemplated posting something when i joined almost a year ago. (Please forgive me if I get all the abbreviations wrong. I am a newbie here). A year ago our son's situation seemed hopeless, hence my handle, and I was...
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