Category: Child/Adolescent Mental Illness

It is when your child is the hardest to love that they need it the most.

We all desire love and acceptance from our family, these are basic human needs. We need to feel worthy and that we belong somewhere. Does your child truly feel they belong to your family? Do they believe that they are loved and cherished even at their worst? Try to look at events from your child’s ...

The Importance of Record Keeping

By keeping records of our children's care, we can help them receive better care along the way.

Getting Help for Your Child’s Mental Health Struggles

It can be difficult to know where to go for your child’s mental health problems. Here I will give you information that will get you and your child on the right path. If you have not already had your child evaluated, you should make an appointment with a child psychologist. It should be a psychologist/therapist/LCPC/psychiatrists ...

How Pretty Little Liars helped me

You may be surprised to learn that having a child diagnosed with a mental illness can cause you to go through the five stages of grieving, these are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. You will not necessarily experience them in order, and you may move in and out of them more than once. I ...

When My Child was on Fire…

I lost sight of the goal. The problem became bipolar or willfulness. I no longer could see that he was a teen going through typical teen development, and I began to lose my connection with him. I no longer sought to understand; I just tried to fix everything. I moved away from empathizing, and I ...

But by the Grace of God…

Sometimes people looking in from the outside may not realize the herculean effort it takes to parent a child with a mental illness. Somedays it feels like it takes all of our strength just to breathe, and other days, we struggle with keeping our own temper under control while being under verbal assault. Unfortunately, we ...

Do You Struggle with Anxiety but Try and Hide It from Your Kids? Here is why I believe you shouldn’t.

  As humans, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious. Some of us may feel it more than others, but we all feel it. I believe we can use our moments of anxiousness to teach our kids that it is not only normal but it can also be useful. It can help us not jump ...

How Do Your Emotions Affect Your Parenting?

Do you find yourself losing your mind over the littlest things? Are there days that you are not the parent you work so hard to be? This may be due to some unresolved issues from childhood. I know I know such a cliché, but is it really? “Hilary Jacobs Hendel, psychotherapist and author of the upcoming ...

Allowing Your Child to Help Influence His Care, Can Make a World of Difference

Are you allowing your child to be a part of his care plan? Studies have shown that treatment is much more effective when the parents and the child are influential in the development of the child’s care. This is especially true when they are in there teens. The more that they feel they have a ...