My Life In Pieces – Healing for the Abused and Broken

 

I was introduced to Alice many years ago.  Funny, interesting, creative, and eventually a good friend, her heart was BIG and caring. She loved the Lord with her very being.  Behind those wonderful characteristics however, she was raised with a dark past that no one would want to go through.  Growing up, her life was filled with satanic ritual abuse that evolved into dissociative mental disorder.

Very few knew the details of her life.  She was one of strength, courage, and more importantly, her dedication to Christ to whom she gave her life to. This was a decision she never regretted, as she often said, “Without God, I would be dead.”  Alice was no longer a victim but a survivor in Christ Jesus. Courageously, her life showed what the power of God can do.  This is her story.

If you are the parent of a teen or young adult with a mental illness, disorder, or abused and broken, this book is for you.

No! I Won’t Take My Medicine!

 

No! I Won't Take My Medicine - Anchor Of Promise

There is a common thread that unites many parents of teens today affected with mental illness.  This thread is the unwillingness  or refusal by teens to take medication for their mental impairment.  

It is frustrating, scary and overwhelming. How can you help your teen when all they do is battle you?  You beg, plead, bribe, or threaten in every way for them to take their medicine.  None of it works.

So what does work? There is only one place to get that answer – your teen.

Now you may think the only response you are going to get from your teen is the word, “No!” After all, that is a common word you have been confronted with daily.  Just because they give a negative answer does not mean that teens want to live in a life of mental confusion.  They truly want what every other teen has – normalcy or free of illness. Continue reading

Should We Let Our Teen in Crisis Learn From Their Mistakes and Choices?

Should We Let Our Teen in Crisis Learn from Their Mistakes and Choices? - Anchor Of Promise

 

Someone once told me several years ago that I shouldn’t be as involved in my teen’s life and to let them make their own decisions and mistakes.  

I partially agreed.  You can say to most parents that letting your kids make their own mistakes is a good thing.  It teaches them many valuable lessons.

However, if you have a teen with a mental illness, a debilitating disorder, or a teen who has an addiction, you should never accept that advice.

When a teen is in crisis, they have many strikes against them. Here are just two.

  1. Their comprehending and reasoning skills are not fully developed yet as a teen.
  2. They are more prone to influences that encourage them to act upon risky behavior that is harmful.

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Will Mental Illness Cause My Child to be a Murderer?

Will Mental Illness Cause My Teen To Be A Murderer? - Anchor of Promise

 

In recent days, coverage of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio have revived the stories of several prominent cases of crime involving young people. Along with those horrific crimes is the subject of mental illness.  Two in particular made widespread headlines across the nation highlighting mental illness as the reason for the crimes.  

In December of 2012, Adam Lanza from Newtown, Connecticut, showed warning signs of a severe mental illness that many either missed or ignored. He fatally killed 20 children as well as six adult staff workers and his mother before ending his own life.

In May of 2014, two preteen girls followed the directions of Slender Man, a fictional character on the internet. Through fear and yet obedience, they attempted to kill their best friend to show allegiance to Slender Man. They were both evaluated as having a mental illness.  

Today, thousands of young people have been affected by varying degrees of mental illness.  Parents of children and teens diagnosed with a mental illness are more worried today than ever.  The question that ponders in their mind is, “Could my child be the next murderer?”   Continue reading

Why are we witnessing an epidemic of mental illness in kids?

This article is not talking about long term mental illness in adults. What Dr. Grcevich does share truly highlights the increasing statistics of mental illness in kids/teens and the real root of many of those issues. I have followed Dr. Grcevich’s articles for a long time and he is tremendously respected in my book on mental illnesses and disorders.

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As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I frequently encounter parents and skeptics who freely share their opinions that much of the reported crisis in children’s mental health is fabricated…a marketing scheme of the pharmaceutical industry, a consequence of poor parenting or misplaced priorities on the part of families.

Opinions such as these endure because anecdotal data in support of them can be relatively easy to find. There’s an argument to be made that drug company marketing in support of long-acting ADHD medications led to a spike in the number of kids being diagnosed in the early years of the last decade. I see parents who come looking for the “magic pill” to fix their child’s problems and recoil when family-based or behavioral interventions appear more appropriate. I spoke to a colleague recently who quit her job in a publicly-funded clinic because she was sick of parents who needed her to…

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