Family Thread

My Mother Never Talked About Mental Illness — Until I Was Diagnosed With Depression

When I was a junior in high school, I had a mental breakdown at my after-school job. After witnessing my erratic behavior on the sales floor, my manager called my mother and convinced her to bring me to my local emergency room for psychiatric evaluat…
By Shammara Lawrence

What Happens When You And Your Mom Have The Same Mental Illness

Though I spent my entire life living under the same roof as my mom, a stay-at-home parent, we were complete strangers. Like any skilled abuser, my father had isolated me from the rest of my family, making me think I was unlovable to everyone but him.…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Being Adopted Adds An Extra Layer To My Anxiety

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Following a long, harrowing job search after losing an even more soul-crushing job, I had finally landed my dream position. Yet, any time I saw co-workers having a conversation I wasn…
By Theodora Blanchfield

Learning To Talk About My Sister's Mental Health Is Bringing My Family Closer Together

One day, when I was 18 years old, my little sister excused herself to her room, and didn't come out for a week. I listened at her door, but didn't hear tears, or screams, or sighs; just silence. She spent all day and night locked inside, bound to her…
By Iman Hariri-Kia

My Mother Never Talked About Mental Illness — Until I Was Diagnosed With Depression

When I was a junior in high school, I had a mental breakdown at my after-school job. After witnessing my erratic behavior on the sales floor, my manager called my mother and convinced her to bring me to my local emergency room for psychiatric evaluat…
By Shammara Lawrence

What I Learned About My Mental Health From Being My Mother’s Caretaker

Mothers trigger me. I became my mother’s caretaker when I was small. At seven, I was consoling her as a parent would console a child — brushing her hair, massaging her feet. As the younger child, I was always the first to approach her after an episo…
By Fariha Róisín