It’s Not My Story to Tell

teens and depression
With the teen’s permission, I am finally able and ready to share the very long story of my silent struggle in parenting our firstborn. I haven’t been able to share this part of my life because most of it is not my story to tell, but in her newfound efforts at honesty and authenticity, she has asked me to put it out there. So, here we go…

Our teen has suffered from depression and anxiety for several years. She has chosen a variety of unsafe outlets during that time, including eating disorders, unhealthy relationships, and self-harm. After years of unsuccessful treatment, she landed at the crisis center both last November and again this March. At that time, Spencer and I made the difficult decision of admitting her to a residential facility. She has been living at a behavioral center for the last four months, working through self-esteem issues, crippling anxiety, and appropriate relationship boundaries.

She was discharged last night, and while we are thrilled to have her home, we are still quite nervous about our relationship, her future, and the ability to keep her safe and healthy. 

It’s going to be a long road, but helping our kids grow into responsible adults is the most important thing we’ll ever do. We’re on a deadline with this one, and it’s going to take our whole village to get it right.

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