Family Affair: Caring for Adult Children
Coping with an adult child’s mental illness as a parent
Before attending a family wedding a few months ago, Lisa Trudeau emailed all her siblings urging them not to ask her 25-year-old son whether he was working or in school. Her son is living with mental illness and, she told her siblings, if they ask these questions, he’s going to feel badly about himself.
As any parent of an adult child with mental illness knows, the role is challenging enough without friends’ and family members’ judgment,