The book by author Andrea Berryman Childreth

Book Overview

When a child faces a physical health crisis, friends and family rally around to provide support. But when a child is diagnosed with a mental illness, their families often find themselves struggling alone. Having raised a mentally ill daughter, author Andrea Berryman Childreth has personal experience with the shame and stigma these families face, hiding behind a mask of normalcy while feeling completely helpless and out of control at home. ON THE EDGE provides a realistic and practical guide to parenting a child with mental illness. Real life stories combine with an overview of common diagnoses, advice on navigating your health insurance or school system, and help with setting expectations at home to give practical steps to bring order to the chaos and hope to the future.

About the Author

Author Andrea Berryman Childreth has first-hand experience with mental illness. As the mother of a daughter diagnosed with ADHD, a non-verbal learning disorder, anxiety and depression, she has also struggled with anxiety, depression and bulimia as a young woman, which eventually led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder when she was 34.

Andrea is also the founder of The Lemonade Project , a movement dedicated to calling out stigma surrounding mental illness and empowering families and individuals to openly share their stories, while improving access to equitable services and insurance coverage. She also coaches parents caring for mentally ill youth and owns a marketing firm. Andrea has been featured on KATU-TV, Portland, KOBI-NBC Five on 5, and the Mail Tribune, among others.

Andrea is available for speaking engagements and partnership opportunities. For more information and resources, visit The Lemonade Project.


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