5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Apr 5, 2018 4:29:35 PM

You’ve noticed some changes in your teenage son or daughter’s behavior. They’ve started snapping at you when you ask them a simple question or they respond with a single-word answer. They’ve started spending a great deal of time alone in their room with the door closed and are always on their phone talking, texting, Snapchatting, and messaging with their friends. And they just don’t seem as happy as they used to. You’ve asked them if everything is okay but they always respond with an exasperated sigh that they’re “fine” but you don’t believe them. 

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Causes and Risks, Getting Treatment

You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

Posted by Liza Long on Mar 23, 2018 2:31:41 PM

After my 2012 blog about parenting a child with mental illness, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” went viral, I received numerous suggestions about ways to help my child. A surprising number of these comments focused on my son’s diet. “I guess I shouldn’t have let you eat Red Vines or drink root beer,” I joked to Eric, who has always had a fondness for those sugar-laden treats.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Causes and Risks

Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Posted by Mike Hannan on Mar 15, 2018 5:08:34 PM

Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible, even when it’s common, typical things like eating well and getting enough sleep. Trying to get a teen to understand the importance of mental wellness and to take an active role in taking care of themselves can be even more challenging. But with rates of youth depression increasing, and NAMI reporting that at least half of all mental health conditions arise by the time a person turns 14, it is important that parents provide their teens with the guidance and support needed to make mental health a priority.   

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Mental Health Wellness

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Planning Ahead Helps kids Deal with Moving Stressors

Posted by Annette Crawford on Mar 8, 2018 1:06:40 PM

The military move. Inevitable and exciting? Yes. Stressful? Not necessarily. With planning and communication, a military move can be something children – and parents – look forward to and not dread.

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Topics: Getting Support, Military Families, School Issues

Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

Posted by Liza Long on Feb 22, 2018 1:01:04 PM

Spring Break is my family’s favorite time to travel. Because we live in chilly Idaho and our grandmas both live in sunny southern California, we usually schedule a trip that includes some combination of theme parks, beaches, and family visits. For most families, juggling such an ambitious schedule is a challenge, but in my family, we have always had to plan for an extra complication: my second son’s mental illness.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

When Valentine's Day Falls Short

Posted by Michele Brown on Feb 8, 2018 3:27:02 PM

It’s a familiar scene. A mother attempts to comfort her young daughter as tears stream down the girl’s face. All of the daughter’s friends received a valentine from someone and she is the only one without. A day that was supposed to be about celebrating love has turned into a popularity contest.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

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