When You Have To Hospitalize Your Child

By: Echo Aspens at Finding Echo He isn’t sleeping. You know something isn’t right. His behaviors are becoming unpredictable. His mood swings are unavoidable and lengthy. You know something has to change. You watch him closely. You think his meds may need to be adjusted. You worry about him hitting puberty and getting all of…

A Mom’s Story for World Mental Health Day

Today, we bring awareness to mental illness. Today, we celebrate the victories and we share the struggles. Today, on World Mental Health Day, a mother bravely shares her story about her fight against mental illness. She sat on the edge of the bed, surrounded by the darkness. Her hand grasped towards her mouth to stifle…

Do You Feel Guilt From Having a Mental Illness?

Welcome back to this week’s Topic Thursday. Today, we will be answering the question, “Why do I have guilt over my mental illness?” Do You Suffer From Guilt Due To Mental Illness? It is difficult to not feel guilty about all the struggles that come with having a mental illness. Those around us are affected…

Thursday’s Topic| Intrusive Thoughts

Introducing Thursday’s Topic. Every Thursday, we will be introducing a new topic to discuss. These topics will focus on mental illness and parenting. We hope that we can create an atmosphere where parenting and mental illness coexist without judgment and shame. For our very first Thursday’s Topic, we will be discussing intrusive thoughts.  Thursday’s Topic:…

Mental Illness Does Not Define You as a Parent

Mental Illness does not define you as a parent.  Parenting through mental illness can be difficult. It can alter how we view ourselves as parents. In the darkest days, we think of ourselves failures, unworthy of loving, and providing for our children. It can become overwhelming with the chaos the pain, as it blinds our…

The Story of Rebirth: A Rainbow Baby

On August 22nd, it is National Rainbow Baby. On this day, mothers share their experiences with grief, infertility, and pregnancy loss. It’s also a time to celebrate the beauty of birth after a loss.  My story with infertility began three years ago. Three years of broken hopes and a battered soul. Six miscarriages. Two dilations…

The Aftermath of Anxiety

The day started productively. My daughter and I baked muffins this morning. I had a small snafu with my coffee. The creamer went bad. I figured this would be the most significant inconvenience of the day. I wrote out a small grocery list: stuff for dinner, a couple of snacks for the kids, and without…