Learning about mental illness through a family member…

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Previously I Never Knew Much About Mental Illness – I Had No Reason To…

peter petterson
First published  at the Yahoo Contributor Network
Mar 24, 2009

“A brief backgrounder on our mentally unwell and intellectually challenged grandson. Our past problems and the challenges for his future:

I never really thought too much about mental disorders when they affected somebody else’s family member. I really had no reason to. That was somebody else’s problem – another family’s problem, not ours, not mine!

We have been bringing up our grandson for over nine years now. He was a youngster of only eight and a bit years when our local state child welfare agency, Child Youth and Family, asked us to take him into our care at that time. He had been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and a couple of…

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