Mental Health and Mothering

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It all started when we were alone in the car. Don’t all great conversations with teenage sons begin that way?

“Mom, I noticed you haven’t blogged lately. Are you going to keep writing?”

I explained to him that I was on a planned break. Just a few months before, I had finally been diagnosed correctly with Bipolar II, after many years of struggling with depression. My writing had mostly been about dealing with hard emotions from a Biblical perspective, but this was a whole other topic. How would people respond to a Christian woman talking about having Bipolar? Should I ignore it? 

But when this conversation started, I had an even bigger question. How would my children feel about me talking about it publicly? These teenagers of mine that follow me on Instagram? Not only do they follow me, but many of their friends do, too.


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