Loving Someone with a Mental Illness

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Did God Choose The Wrong Mom?

Do you ever wonder if God chose the wrong mom for your children? Have you had that aching feeling inside that just maybe someone else could do a better job? I have to confess, many times during my journey of being a parent I have let those feelings and thoughts permeate my mind. I had wondered why on earth God would designate me when failure seemed to be written all over my parenting style. After all, this was the one...

Growing in Awareness

Today I am so excited to welcome a special guest to Embracing the Unexpected. Please meet Catherine P. Downing. She has a beautiful way of encouraging others to see God in the midst of caring for a loved one with mental illness.  Maree Dee May is Mental Health Awareness Month, though for one out of five families, so are the other 11 months. We are one of those families....

Will You Take The Blindfold Off?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month Will you let Mental Health Awareness Month pass by without a care? Did you know approximately 1 in 5 adults each year in America will have a mental health concern? Will you take your blindfold off and do what you can do to help?...

Are You Judging Others In The Midst Of Mental Illness?

I am no foreigner to judgments heaped on those that live in the midst of mental illness. For the last 11 years, I have been in the trenches with loved ones that have a mental illness. It grieves my heart how judgments flow so readily from others that have no understanding of what it is like to be in the midst of mental illness. In the midst of mental illness, judgments cause more suffering, scars, and hinder recovery for everyone...

Is Unconditional Love Even Possible?

I stood outside the door as I often did –  trying to prepare myself for what was to occur. Pondering, “Had I made a mistake, was I wrong to come yet again?” The voices of so many ringing in my ears, “Why do you go, she doesn’t want you?” “Why do you put yourself through such pain?” “Let her long for you.” or  “Tough love is what she needs not unconditional love.” Their words left me wondering, was this too...

When You Want To Help: Eight Strategies For Loving Someone With An Anxiety Disorder

In my head, I was screaming out, “Please, not again, I just can’t listen to you talk about what might happen!” It wasn’t that I didn’t want to help; after all, this is my daughter whom I love dearly and would do anything in the world for her. But my support seemed to make things worse. I didn’t know how to help. Have you ever uttered those words or entertained these thoughts while trying to help someone with an anxiety...