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November 26, 2022

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Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

The mother in this account doesn't say whether her daughter is receiving therapy, which she desperately needs. Obviously, she cannot force her to seek that kind of help, but she can certainly suggest it, and perhaps even meet with her daughter with the rest of the family in an intervention. As a mother of grown children, I know there is a fine line between being supportive and carrying our children's problems until they deplete and exhaust us. For our own health we need to set boundaries. When attempted suicide has been an issue this greatly complicates the situation, but NO ONE is responsible for someone else's attempted suicide. Our actions should not be based on the false belief that we can somehow control that sad choice. It can be very difficult for a mother to accept that her children are responsible for their own choices and the consequences that follow. I hope this mom will follow the advice given and continue to love and reach out to her daughter, while at the same time protecting herself from becoming overly involved, constantly trying to save her daughter, or carrying her problems.

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