[Episode 107] If you’ve been following me on Fridays, you know that the last two weeks have been very heavy in the nature of the content here. I began by addressing the need to ask permission from our kids to share their stories in the online space. Then I shared the story that prompted that episode. Again, because of its personal nature, I won’t share any details here in the event that my daughter decides she doesn’t want it to be shared any longer. Listening to those two episodes will offer a lot of context for this episode as well.
As a result of the events that took place with my daughter, it caused me to do some reflecting. A natural question for the pediatrician to ask in this case is “is there any history of mental illness in your family?”. I could have just said no, but the most honest answer would really be “not that I know of”. Just because mental illness is not diagnosed does not mean it doesn’t exist. It could just mean that there was never a safe space to talk about it or ask for help.
But all of this concern about my daughter made me seriously examine my own mental health. And to be very honest, I’ve struggled a lot with feeling like I am not in control of my emotions. My reactions are much more intense than I often intend and then I left with feeling a lot of guilt on top of the confusion. I’ve just never been able to identify any long term solutions.
So I finally made the first step in talking to someone. I shared my thoughts with my husband and he was in full support of me seeking out professional advice. Lo and behold, I actually was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. It was relieving to be affirmed in my struggle with my thoughts, but also hard to know that what I was experiencing wasn’t “normal”. Regardless, I was able to make a plan with the doctor. I decided that a combination of therapy and medication would be best. I feel hopeful, but these things also take time to yield results.
When I got home, I was able to share with my daughter what had been revealed to me at the doctor that day. My daughter, of course, sees my unfiltered life. She knows what mom on a bad day looks like. I was able to explain that sometimes when I am feeling angry or sad, it’s really because my mind is a little sick, but there are people and medicine available to help me start feeling better again.
The most amazing part was that I got to be honest and vulnerable with my daughter about something as tricky as my own mental health. Then I got to model to her what it looks like to ask for help in a moment like this.
I want my daughter to believe that she is valuable and that struggling with mental health issues will never change that.
I want you to know that too. You’re not alone.
About The Host
Meg Brunson has been marketing to moms for nearly a decade. After leaving her corporate job at Facebook in 2017 to be a more present mom to her 4 daughters, she founded EIEIO Marketing; a digital marketing agency focused on Facebook Marketing for family-first businesses.
Through highly targeted, results-driven, Facebook Ads she's delivered results for her clients that include: doubling their lead volume, generating 62% more sales than the in-house team, attaining a 16x return on ad spend, and reducing the cost per lead by 99%!
After helping her daughter launch her first business, Storytime With Kiki, at the age of 10, Meg began hosting the FamilyPreneur Podcast: an interview-style podcast for parent entrepreneurs, raising entrepreneurial children.