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There Is Hope

You are not alone... Millions of families around the country have felt confused, frustrated or even frightened in relation to their teen’s behavior. There is hope! Read a sample of the success stories occurring among teens and their families each day.

Each second’s getting slower,
Each minute’s getting longer.
My brain’s getting weaker,
And my teacher’s getting stronger.
I don’t think I can take it,
Just sitting in my chair.
The only thing that gets me by,
Is the girl with long blonde hair.
An hour goes by and
I realize I wasn’t paying attention.
Again and again my teacher smirks,
And threatens me with detention.
But the hour was productive,
On my desk I was a tapping.
I managed to just pass the class,
But I don’t know how that happened.
Years pass and I excelled in sports,
Such as baseball, football, and soccer,
But in school I excelled a little less
So I went to see a doctor.

When I arrived at the office,
The nurse told me to sit.
I wasn’t even nervous,
Well maybe just a bit.
The doctor walked right by me,
Straight to my mom and dad,
Then came and talked to me,
And told me what I had.
He put it as simply as he could,
He told me I was fine.
At least I think that’s what he said
I was daydreaming at the time.
But I got to give that guy some credit,
My academic level has raised.
Since that day I was diagnosed with ADHD
I have done nothing but get straight A’s.
-Michael Disraeli, 16

     

Advice from a parent of a teen suffering from a mental health disorder:

“Get over the stigma, it’s not your fault, it’s an illness and you didn’t cause it. The best thing you can do is treat it like the illness it is and get as much help as you can—for your child and YOURSELF. You would do this if it was cancer or some other illness.”
-Deanna, Mother of a son hospitalized for a serious mental health disorder

***If you have a success story involving YOUR teen (increased grades, less arguing, fewer emotional or behavioral symptoms, increased  communication, etc.), share it with parents and families who are currently where you were months or even years ago.

Your story could touch and inspire them in ways you never imagined--and may improve the life of a struggling teen forever. Please email your story to and include your first name and city. Stories may be edited due to space constraints.

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If your teen (and family) is struggling, get the step-by-step guide “When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help—and What to Do About It” as a first step to helping your teen get back on track.

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