@oldladyblue, I find myself isolating not only because no one understands, but also because I’m trying to protect my son from this awful stigma of the mentally ill. It’s bad enough when “normal” people are bullied, but when the mentally incapacitated are the targets for jokes, ridicule, or profiling, all I feel compelled to do is shelter my son.
And when members of his own family just turned their backs on him, (he has not exhibited any type of dangerous behaviors, nor has he turned his back on any of them!), it breaks my heart.
I’m not going to be around forever, what will happen to him when I’m gone? Who will help him in this cruel world?
I’m trying to teach him to be as independent as possible, grocery shopping, doing laundry, cleaning his apt, but the bottom line is, and we all know this, he WILL need help functioning in every day life.
My heart is broken, I hurt every day, as I’m sure all of us here do…