As we conclude autism awareness month, I wanted to write about my experience with psych meds for my autistic son, Trey. I imagine that challenges are had by all when it comes to finding the right medication no matter what the issue, but this is especially challenging in the special needs’ population.
But we have been busy. So busy getting ready and preparing for our premiere Books2sinpire event. We are so excited to bring you all this book goodness with 10 other authors of color who will be showcasing their books. All the authors selected for this vendor event have inspiring books for people of all ages. We hope you will join us for this one-of-a-kind book event. Vegan soul food, desserts and beverages will be available, and you can read and enjoy your yummy book while sitting outdoors.
People always say to me “I don’t know how you do it all.” Well, let me tell you, sometimes I don’t know either, lol. One thing, I do know is that I do everything in my power not to feel overwhelmed. And that is what you call self-care. I can be rigid at times with my schedule because I believe it is important to preserve my time and energy. I used to be very stern about letting people know my boundaries but with age and practice, I have become gentler with setting boundaries with others. Integrity is very important to me and that I do what I say I am going to do. So, I thought I might share ways to balance your plate when it starts to become full so that others also don’t experience feelings of being overwhelmed.
As a follow-up to my previous blog, I want to share resources that can help you with your depression or mental health issues, if you are ready to take the step to get professional help. It can be a hard step to ask for help so I want to share resources that people of color would feel the most comfortable with, not just any resources. Everyone has a preference and most of the time, people of color prefer resources that specifically speak to their cultural and ethnic backgrounds not just cookie cutter resources for everyone.
We tend to lean on the church, natural supports, and on ourselves to overcome our mental health issues rather than seeking professional help. Thankfully in the recent years, there has been a big push in the black community for those to seek out therapy. However, the push may have come too little too late for some who may have needed therapy when they were younger to deal with the trauma they experienced as a child but never got it because their parents didn’t believe in therapy.
This topic came to me several months ago when I was on Instagram and saw a video on my favorite autism account Living with Lilac. The mom of the autistic daughter, a twin by the name of Lilac, was discussing the difference between an autism and an intellectual disability.
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