Nothing can prepare a family for the devastating effects of living with a child who is trapped in a vicious cycle of self-destruction. Whatever the method - be it isolation, substance abuse, an eating disorder, self-harm - the outcome is often the same: the slow and painful erosion of trust and mutual respect; the inevitable build-up of anger and frustration on both sides; and the ultimate breakdown of the family unit.
For parents, the constant anxiety is overwhelming and exhausting; the helplessness paralysing and terrifying. There is nothing more heartbreaking than not being able to help your own child.
If you and your family are trapped in this desperate cycle, rest assured that there is a way out. No matter how isolated and alone you feel, there are many other people walking this same path, and many more who are dedicated to helping you find your way. Akeso Clinic’s Young Adult Units and the Young Adult Programme (YAP) are specifically aimed at helping adolescents and their families find their way out of these destructive cycles, by providing the best possible medical and psychiatric care and assistance, with the aim of not only arresting the cycle, but also preventing it from recurring in the future.
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