Helping Eric: One Family's Story
Pictured:(from left) Maria,Carlos, Sr., Melissa, Eric and Carlos.
C4 helps more 4,500 families every year cope with depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma and other mental health issues. Here is one family's story.
Nine-year-old Eric was often overwhelmed by an anxiety that was taking control of his life. The third-grader bit his nails, had falling grades even though he had been a top student, and was so anxious at times that he would sleep with his parents or older brother.
"We didn't know how to help him," explains his mother, Maria, who added that Eric's troubles had a profound effect on his entire family: his brother, Carlos, 11; his sister, Melissa, 6; and his father, Carlos.
"As adults, we think we are right," says Carlos. "But kids have their own reasons for how they feel. We have to try to discover what these are and help them."
Eric's pediatrician suggested the family seek counseling at C4, where a family counselor helped Eric discover what was making him anxious and find ways to control his anxiety. Guided by bi-lingual counselor Maria Donamaria, Eric learned ways to become calmer. Gradually, his parents saw hopeful signs.
Eric no longer bit his nails. His grades improved so much that he was accepted into the VIP Club. He entered the school science fair, testing if acid from a lemon could power a light bulb.
Maria and Carlos also had sessions with the counselor.
"As a parent, you think you know what is best for your kids, but a different pair of eyes can help you see things in a different way," explains Maria.
Like his wife, Carlos shared his appreciation for the support his family received at C4.
"I trust Maria, and can share what is happening in our family," adds Carlos. "I trust and believe that we can help our kids."
Eric's mother recommended C4 to another family having problems. "I think that C4 can help them, too," Maria said.