Sunday, March 25, 2012
I thought it could be helpful for families to have a thread where we share how our own awakenings have impacted our approach to caregiving.
For me it happened at our first appointment with Dr. C. When she talked about how families "burn out" from long term efforts to help their children recover, I had a renewed sense of purpose and urgency. While we didn't get answers to every question at that time, I knew that I needed to dig deep to find a way to keep myself strong in the battle. I had to figure out how to forgive the mistakes of the past--all of them. I realized that I couldn't spare the energy it took to stay angry at previous professionals, well-meaning [but uninformed] extended family & friends, and even my d….
In that moment, Dr. C helped me see why none of that really mattered and that letting go of blame and shame were going to be key to implementing FBT. I saw that if I started rewinding the tapes every time we hit a snag...I'd be emotionally exhausted and throwing in the towel pretty quickly.
- Lydia from the thread Light-bulb-moments!