I think it would be good for both. Sharing the (common) pain can create a stronger connection between parents and their kids, and it would show their kids that, if they came around this, they can do it, too.
I believe so. I think it's important to address these issues with your child while they are growing up. Because if a parent went through the same thing that their child is going through, then they are the ones that should be able to empathize the most with their kid. And, by telling your child what your experiences were, it also lets them know that they aren't alone in this and that it can get better.
I think communication is very vital in a parent-child relationship. Children can always look up to their parents especially if the parent has experienced depression but has overcome it. Talking to the child who is suicidal, she/he will be able to get some tips or advise on how she could overcome depression.
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June 6th, 2015 11:52am
Absolutely! To know that the parent struggled with the same thing will give the child hope that things can be better in the future. The child will also feel more connected because he now knows you have shared in the same struggle.
Sure, only to relate to them and let them know that they understand, and to say that things can get better It is no good when a parent does it in comparison though, or in a way to tell that child that they had it worse than their kid. I don't feel that's right, because everyone has their known limit to depression, and any amount is bad and a struggle, it doesn't matter if anyone has had it worse.
They may be able to help their child in the way of letting them know that they understand what they are going through. And should do what they can to help. The next step should be to seek help through a professional like doctor, counselor or therapist to help with the rest.
Often, suicidal and depressed individual do not always know where or to whom to turn to. They might even feel ashamed or to shy to tell anyone about their feelings. Knowing that someone close to them has lived a similar experience can be very helpful to start a discussion on the subject and open up. It can also be an opportunity to create a connection that will help them in the situation. It's also an opportunity to let them know that hey you are there for them and believe them.
I hope this helps, and good luck to you!
This really depends on the relationship between parent and child and the unique circumstances of the situation. If it goes badly, it could end up making the child feel as if the parent is making it all about them, or the child might misunderstand and assume that they're 'doomed' by genetics to have a mental illness. If it goes well, it could help the child feel less alone and a more hopeful about what the future holds. If things are severe enough that the child is suicidal, it's probably best to get professional support. Perhaps the parent could share with the child with a family counsellor's guidance.
I think communication is very vital in a parent-child relationship. Children can always look up to their parents especially if the parent has experienced depression but has overcome it.To know that the parent struggled with the same thing will give the child hope that things can be better in the future. The child will also feel more connected because he now knows you have shared in the same struggle.
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December 12th, 2017 10:48pm
i think so. it shows compassion and empathy and allows the child to feel a bond with the parent that wasnt there before