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Mental Health Crisis: The Cycle of our Lives (Part 2)

Originally posted on Musings of an Addled Father: A Road Map to Mental Health:
The Emergency Department For whatever reason, your child has found him/herself in a mental health crisis.  When the crisis happens, no matter where or how it started, the most common direction is to your local Emergency Department (ED).  In the remainder…

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 ...

The Importance of Evidenced Based Therapy for Your Child

It is important to know and understand what type of therapy your child’s clinician is trained in and utilizes. Not all therapies are created equal, so you should try and find a clinician who uses evidenced-based therapies of which there are many. There are people who are in therapy much longer than necessary because the ...

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More Screen Time Tied to Depression, Suicidal Behavior in Teens — Psych Central News

A new study suggests that greater screen time — whether in the form of computers, cell phones, or tablets — may have contributed to a spike in depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts among American teens, particularly girls, between 2010 and 2015. The study, led by a researcher at San Diego State University (SDSU), sheds ...

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Child Mind Institute Summit

I cannot say enough about how much information is packed into just an hour. Please take the time even if you have to break it into 15 min. segments. This is loaded with child/adolescent mental health information for parents, teachers, really anyone that has children in their lives. The Child Mind Institute Summit https://childmind.org/live/ A conversation ...

Managing Our Expectations and Behavior

Sometimes as parents we unintentionally expect more from our kids than they are capable of giving. It is important to know what age-appropriate behavior is for them at this stage in life and that they are learning from our interactions with not only them but the cashier at the store or how we speak about ...

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