Liza Long used to spend hours using Photoshop to merge various pictures of her four children into one ideal image.
“Every picture had to be perfect,” says Long, 42. “I wanted to create a reality that never existed.”
In reality, the picture was far from perfect.
Her second eldest son, Michael (not his real name), 14, suffered from severe bipolar disorder and was uncontrollably violent, his rages so severe and unpredictable that she was afraid he would kill himself and her.