In the wake of Newtown, many of you are sending me links to a moving essay by a mother whose adolescent son has violent and unexplained episodes. I added a link and excerpt earlier today, but decided to devote an entry to the essay due to the interest.
I am sharing another excerpt but go to the source and read the full piece. In the essay, the blogger discusses her challenges dealing with her 13-year-old son who is easily and quickly enraged. She does not want him in the prison system, which, she says, is where many mentally ill young men end up. But she worries that he could become a danger to society someday.
I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental