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what to expect at your child’s first appointment with the psychiatrist

Posted by Michele Brown on May 24, 2017 4:13:52 PM

Remember the feelings you had as a child when you had to go to a doctor appointment or visit the dentist? It may have been scary, confusing, and – even if you knew and liked the doctor – pretty unsettling. For children and their parents visiting a psychiatrist for the first time, some of these same feelings can occur. Of course, it’s never really as bad as we imagine as kids, and the same is true now with mental health treatment. Let’s talk about what you can expect at your child’s first visit with the psychiatrist, and how you can help ease the stress for both of you.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health

Where to Start When Your Child Needs Mental Health Care

Posted by Mike Hannan on May 17, 2017 9:55:39 AM

If your child is showing signs that they might need mental health care, do you know where to go to find help? Parents who see behavioral changes in their child and worry there might be a problem are often not sure what to do next. For example, parents might observe that their child is:

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

13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

Posted by Poul C. Poulsen, MA, LPC on May 3, 2017 2:49:59 PM

If you are parenting an adolescent or teenager, you’ve heard of the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why.  Chances are, your children have too. The television series, based on a novel by the same name, is a fictional story of a teenage girl’s suicide and other sensitive issues associated with it. The show has quite unceremoniously placed the issue of teen suicide in the front and center in our community conversations. However, many of us parents are discovering the difficulty of having conversations about teen suicide and its representation in 13 Reasons Why in our own homes with our own children. The mere introduction of something so tragic has left parents wondering what to do. Do you let your kid watch the series? Will it cause your child to romanticize suicide? The answer might come easier with some guidance.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Teen Suicide, Parenting