Hi, I'm new to the group/site. I am a single mom with three kids (boy 18, boy 16, girl almost 10) and on disability. After a major breakdown that landed me in a mental hospital for 5 weeks 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Major Clinical Depression and PTSD. I am happy to say that I am doing very well and managing my depression with a low dose of ONE medication. I have been married and divorced 3 times (my first marriage and a relationship before that were very abusive physically, mentally and emotionally). I have dealt with my oldest son going through Depression and my younger son going through Depression, PTSD and Sensory Processing Disorder. At one point we were homeless for 5 months and have also dealt with many major medical issues (several surgeries, the most recent being major cervical fusion neck surgery, diabetes II, heart problems). I give you this basic background not to ask for sympathy, but to explain that through all of this, as difficult and dark as life seemed at many times, I was always able to keep the faith that 'This Too Shall Pass'. Now, however, my 16 yr old son has been diagnosed with the early stages of Bipolar and I am beginning to feel overwhelmed. I want to, and know I NEED to, stay strong and supportive for him as we take this journey together but, to be honest, I am feeling like I am really in over my head here. I would welcome any suggestions/support from others about how you keep pushing forward when every fiber of your being screams to get off the ride???
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