I helped raise 3 daughters who each had some type of mental disorder. There was the youngest, Emily, who has mosaic down syndrome, Lisa who suffers from bi-polar, ODD, and hyper-sexuality, and Jen who dealt with depression and cutting herself. The hardest thing as a step-dad was that I was still an outsider to their lives. But I was there for them, even though I didn't understand. I knew from my own depression and PTSD, due to the service, I had a connection to them. Slowly we began to somewhat understand each other. Until this day the girls struggle in their daily lives. I feel that if more attention was brought to this, maybe the struggles my not have been so bad, or at least easier to cope with.
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