CompassionateLove Radio: Combatting Stigma with Stories
(c)2016 Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministry
Show # 17 – Living With A Parent Who Has a Mental Illness
Author and host of The Timo Show, Tim Olsen was a teenager when he found himself the sole caretaker for his dad who was struggling with serious mental illness. Neither of them understood what was happening, and their relationship suffered. Tim found himself not even wanting to go home many nights.
He watched his family disintegrate from normal, to divorce, his dad’s rejection, and finally to the death of both parents by the age of 24. He has been left with questions, and no one to ask. His own bout with major depression granted him some understanding, and he presses forward to inspire others.
Tim’s book is titled, “Growing Up Nobody”. Listen thoughtfully to this interview because his insights into difficulty, normalcy, and faith will raise your spirit. Available December 13, 2016
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