Sharene Dearlove felt completely out of her depth as she watched her 20-year-old daughter “sobbing on the floor” and unable to bring herself to return to university.
Her eldest daughter, Morgan, had always been shy. She was compassionate and relaxed, always sure to put other people’s needs before her own. When she, in Sharene’s words, “just cracked one day,” the family had no idea how to react.
Speaking to Mamamia, Sharene said they had not seen this coming, and at the time had absolutely no idea what to do.
“There hadn’t been a history of mental illness in our family that we knew of. But once something like this happens, the stories start to emerge,” she reflected.
When I asked what elicited the breakdown, Sharene reflected that it seemed to be a sense she wasn't "succeeding" in her uni course.
"I suppose that was because she felt like she might not be studying the 'right' thing," she added.
Since beginning her studies to become a disability development educator, Morgan had become increasingly withdrawn. Then one day, she was overwhelmed by a sense that she "couldn't do it" anymore.
“The self-doubt came and it wheedled its way under her defences," explained Sharene. Once the thought was planted, Morgan seemed unable to shake it.
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