Hi, I am a male foster carer, (5yrs), working with 2 16 yr old LAC's, boys, with extremely difficult behaviours following years of physical and sexual abuse when very young. One has been with us for over a year, the other 5 mnths. Both boys are expert in mind games, manipulation, lying, stealing etc, with some kind of major event on an almost daily basis.
The cumulative effect the stress
has had on me, physically and mentally, leaves me on the verge of ending both placements and my career as a carer. Whilst I am still deciding what to do, I know that I have allowed myself to 'care too much' about the boys and cannot distance myself to a more professional level, as I am becomming unable to function through depression and anxiety
. I ask you if there are any mind strengthening techniques that would help me, as I cannot lower my expectations of them any further, these already being beyond the very basic.