Boise mother speaks out: 'I love my son but he terrifies me'

BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho mother is talking openly about the threat mental illness plays on our society in her Internet blog, and she has gotten thousands of views from people across the country.

"I love my son but he terrifies me," Liza Long wrote in a blog, in which she writes about raising her mentally ill son.

"A few weeks ago Michael (name is changed) pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books... the conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room."

Doctors have tried putting her 13-year-old son on different medications, but nothing seems to work, Long said. Doctor's still aren't sure what's causing his behavior.

She said that more help needs to be provided for kids and parents with mental disorders.

"That's the only way our nation can ever truly heal." Long said.

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