Missing Before: What Happens When Your Teen Is Suffering from Acute Mental Illness

Once upon a time I believed that if I loved the stuffing out of my kids and worked only part time... or stopped working entirely... or worked from home... to better afford me the time and space to pack their lunches and do their laundry and tell them to put their stuff away and remind them that I love them beyond measure, the road might be a little bumpy, but it would be okay. I would be a good mother and they would be happy and healthy. That was a good idea. What we knew, the first time Chickadee got sick, was that she seemed unable to shake off a recent strep infection. ...more
I don't know where to begin.  Because, really, what can anyone say?  There is no comforting ... more