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My husband and I recently watched a television series that hit very close to home for us. The show follows the story of a teenage girl and her group of friends. This girl has a mental illness and a drug addiction.
It hits home because our daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 14. Soon after that, she started smoking marijuana. She insisted that it made her feel normal. The drug use progressed from there. She had been in three dual diagnosis facilities before she turned 18.
At first, I had to stop watching some of the episodes and pick them back up at a later time. I absolutely loved this show, even if certain scenes of the show took me right back to the days of sneaking out, stealing, and exploding when asked a question. It was as if the actress (who is wonderful) was standing in the room with us.
Every episode was heartbreaking with a stark, raw reality that gave me goosebumps while keeping me on the edge of my seat. I connected with the character’s mother even though she had a minor role.
This show has stirred up a lot of controversy among parents who, in my opinion, either don’t have a child who is an addict, has a mental illness, knows someone from the LGBTQ community, or lives in a bubble. Some people feel that the show glamorizes teen sex, drugs, and mental illness. I feel that it does the exact opposite. I feel that it’s wonderfully made, relevant to the world we live in, and does a great job telling the story of tough topics that need more attention.
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