A mother of three discusses her son’s Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) JAM008

In this episode, we speak with a mother of three. Her eldest son has Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD). She discusses how the condition affects the family dynamic and what a good day looks like.

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Alissa, a mother of five kids with special needs, discusses how self-care is a critical component in caring for others. JAM007

In this episode, Alissa shares her journey as a single mother raising 5 children, both biological and adopted through the foster system, and having a wide range of special needs, including physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities. She discusses how to stay centered in the tough times and how self-care is required before we are able to give to others, including our children.

A mother and Grandmother of a young boy with Tourette’s discuss the importance of having a support network. JAM006

In this episode, a mother and grandmother from Iowa talk about the difficult journey of changing diagnoses, medications, and symptoms during the early childhood of their son and grandson who has Tourette’s Syndrome, OCD, and ODD. They discuss the importance of support groups, recognizing your own needs (especially when they might be different than the needs of your family members) and making sure to honor them. In their case, the need to be social and get out with other people.

A Grandmother shares her story about taking in and raising her grandson after he experienced abuse. JAM005

In this episode, a Grandmother tells us about raising her grandson who experienced trauma and suffered from several conditions, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar, and learning disabilities.

An adoptive mother of two sons from foster care talks about the importance of not taking your child’s behavior personally, the gift of adoption, and the importance of laughter. JAM004

In this episode we speak to Paula, the adoptive mother of two boys from foster care. One son has PTSD, Trauma, and Autism. The other son has ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, and Anxiety. Paula talks about the importance of not taking your child’s behavior personally, the gift of adoption,  and the importance of laughter.

For a transcript of the podcast, go to https://mothersonthefrontline.com/podcast-transcripts/

A Iowa Mother talks about raising a young son with Tourette Syndrome, the importance of building relationships and community for support and the importance of self-care. JAM003

In this episode, Emily talks about her journey raising a young son with Tourette’s Syndrome. She talks about the importance of community building on many levels, including strengthening relationships within the family and marriage, her church, her son’s school, and the larger community. By educating those in their lives about Tourette’s Syndrome, her son can be himself and feel part of a supportive and understanding community. She also discusses the importance of intentional planning of self-care and ways to make it happen.

Topics include: Tourette’s Syndrome, Self-Care, Family, Community, Advocating for your child at school.

For a transcript of this episode, go to https://MothersOnTheFrontline.com/podcast-transcripts/

A mother and advocate talks about raising a child with schizophrenia, coming to terms with the diagnosis and self-care – JAM002

In this episode, a mother reflects back on her experience of raising a child with schizophrenia decades ago. She discusses the difficulty of coming to terms with the diagnosis of schizophrenia, how the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family program helped her and her daughter through this journey and the importance of self-care.

Topics discussed include schizophrenia, agoraphobia, NAMI, self-care,

For a transcript of this episode, go to https://MothersOnTheFrontline.com/podcast-transcripts/

Anna speaks about her experience raising her son with early-onset schizophrenia – JAM001

In this episode, Anna discusses raising a son with childhood-onset schizophrenia on a Midwestern farm. She discusses the journey to the right diagnosis and medications and celebrates her son’s recent graduation from High School.

Topics include International Adoption, Therapeutic Schools, IEPs (Individualized Education Plans), Parental Expectations, Schizophrenia, Tourette’s Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, Generalized Anxiety, hallucinations, and hospitalizations.

For a transcript of this episode, go to https://MothersOnTheFrontline.com/podcast-transcripts/