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After her teenage daughter attempted suicide and began to cycle through emergency rooms and mental health programs during the past three years, Sarah Delarosa noticed her own health also declined.
“Access to help, when it’s needed, it’s not available,” said Delarosa, about the hopelessness she felt as she sought support for Amanda, 16, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Amanda has at times lashed out in anger or shattered light bulbs and used the broken glass to cut herself.
Delarosa often feels overwhelmed, and she has noticed her youngest son acting out. “Now we have a whole family that needs help,” she said.
In a recent study featured on News-Medical, the intricate relationship between parents’ well-being and the deteriorating mental health of their children has come to light. The research highlights the distressing phenomenon where parents’ health begins to spiral as they witness their children’s mental illnesses worsening.
The study underscores the emotional toll that parents experience when their children grapple with mental health issues. Parents often find themselves caught in a cycle of worry, stress, and anxiety as they navigate the challenges of supporting their children’s recovery journey. The emotional strain can lead to adverse effects on the parent’s own mental and physical health, resulting in a downward spiral for the entire family.
This study acts as a reminder of the crucial need for comprehensive support systems that address the holistic well-being of both children and their parents. Recognizing the interdependence of mental health within families, early interventions and access to professional resources become paramount.
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