For many families who have a teen in crisis, the most common problem is the elephant in the room. Now for those who are not familiar with that term, it is in essence the metaphorical idiom to describe an obvious issue that no one wants to discuss. By pretending that it does not exist, you wouldn’t have to face it and deal with it.
In many homes across the world, there are families with a large elephant in their home. It is so big, that the thought of discussing it might destroy whatever family is hanging together by a thread.
That elephant could be a representative of an eating disorder, self-harm, addiction, gender issue,mental illness or disorder. It could be a plethora of things that are upsetting and hard to swallow. Continue reading