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Dec 16, 2012 sjill commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother.
I have experienced your fear Liza. My son is now 40, but 24 years ago he lashed out against the world. At the time, I wondered how anything could be worse than what he was doing, but that was before the incidents of killing. Here is my concern: the system does not provide for mental illness, and to further exacerbate the problem, those youth in turmoil too often refuse help if offered. They believe that they are the aggrieved, and the fault lies with those around them.

My son has Anti-Social Behavior Disorder, and this continues to this day, although in a more docile form. I don't know what the answer is. In the time of my despair, Tough Love was a strong organization and provided moral support for me and all members. I was able to craft behavior that did not rescue and enable anti-social behaviors. Did the experience change my son? No, I don't think so, but it helped me.

I share this with you because I know you are hurting, and encourage you to continue to seek ways that will protect and honor you. Your article was a great and brave effort.

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