Hello, my name is Christina Halli. I am excited to join HealthyPlace writing Life with Bob. I can tell you parenting a child with mental illness is tough, one of the hardest things I have done.
Parenting a Child with a Mental Illness? Not Me.
When I began parenting at age 37, I was certain I would have the perfect child and be the perfect parent. After all, I was the quintessential overachiever in everything else I had done. My professional accomplishments were impressive. Surely, my parenting would be the same.
When my son began showing signs of severe separation anxiety at an early age, I was naive. Later, when he presented with social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) behaviors, I figured I could deal with it. When he became depressed, I was suave enough to get professional help. But when he became dangerously manic and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was clueless and scared. Finally, when he was suicidal, I knew parenting my son would take more than my supposed version of Supermom.
But it turns out I am not Supermom. However, I have learned a thing or two about parenting a child with mental illness. Now my son is in high school and doing well. I look forward to sharing some of our experiences with you in this blog.