So today I have read some interesting posts.( Actually raised my hackles a bit) Yesterday, I was told by the "bouncer" at the DBT residential place, "I was a cop in Nigeria and I also work at the detention center. My kids know whats up. They wont run away or do this stuff the kids here do. I think A (my daughter) is getting better, but when she gets out we have no control, that is your job". So in other words, " Mom and dad you are to blame for your daughter's mental illness". Your daughter has done all this because you never taught her "whats up". Ok, so when has the brain not been an organ in our bodies? It gets sick like any other body part. I dont know, but do parents of children with kidney disease or leukemia get blamed for the results of their childrens illnesses? Do they get denied life saving treatments (Ok I think they may in these terrible health care times- I don't mean to offend here). I really don't see how we can still be so uneducated as a society about mental illnesses and how we can still have such innapropriate stigmas about them. I also don't understand why there is such slow medical progress on dealing with these illnesses.And.... support in our system, schools, and hospitals is so hard to get. I have tried so hard and so has husband. There is no greater love and concern and follow through and educating ourselves and, and.... Hardly a week goes by that I don't get slammed. I know better, but really it gets hard to be tephlon all the time.