Beaten Down to Exhaustion

I spent the majority of July in Radio Silence.  I didn’t do much posting.  There was a very simple reason for that, and that reason still exists.  I’m exhausted.  I feel beaten down and depressed.

Life with Norton is wearing me down.  For a while, I was able to make jokes about how we were getting into the Stockholm Syndrome portion of parenting a difficult child: I’d begun to sympathize and bond with my captor.  We’re slipping out of that wonderful ability to tolerate his nonsense.  I’d rather spend my days in bed hiding, avoiding my son. [Read more…]

Coping with Depression While Being an Effective Parent

No lie.  When I wrote the post on Norton’s suspected autism last week, I had hit rock bottom.  I was sobbing.  I was overwhelmed.  It felt like everything around me was falling apart.  The simple fact of the matter is that I was coping with depression… and I was coping very badly. [Read more…]