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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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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is the emergency room the best choice for your child’s mental illness crisis?

Posted by Mike Hannan on Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Your child is in crisis. He is exhibiting symptoms of a mental health emergency, and you know he needs treatment right away. We’re fortunate to have wonderful hospitals in Bexar County, including two dedicated to children, and self-standing emergency rooms on almost every corner. But is a local emergency room (ER) your best option? What other options do you have?

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understanding bullying is the first step in stomping it out

Posted by By Joshua Essery, PsyD, ABPP on Dec 2, 2016 5:20:04 PM

Bullying is a common topic discussed by parents, teachers and mental health professionals. Most everyone, including children and teens, agree that bullying is a problem that should be prevented as there are tragic, even fatal, consequences to bullying. Unfortunately, despite the seeming agreement that bullying is morally opposed by most everyone, the trend continues as seen regularly in the media.

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment

Summers: Now Vs. Then

Posted by One in Five Minds on Jul 29, 2016 9:51:39 AM

Ask any Gen-Xer what summertime was like for them as a child, and you’ll hear things like, “Playing outside until the street lamps came on.” And, “Hopping on my bike and riding to the other side of the neighborhood.” Or even, “Hanging out at the community pool while my parents worked.” Compare those answers to the kind that you’d get from kids today, “I’m going to a 3-week overnight camp.” Or, “My parents are scheduling different play dates for me.”

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Topics: Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment

Strong Minds and Happy Hearts

Posted by One in Five Minds on Jun 13, 2016 12:12:36 PM

As parents of tweens and teens, we must have so many challenging conversations with our children. We talk to them about the dangers of smoking, alcohol and drugs. We speak to them about their maturing bodies and responsible dating. We talk about limiting their Internet exposure and their screen time. And that’s just a short list. Even with the importance of all of these conversations, there’s one topic that we collectively miss the mark with – the mental health of our children. Amid all of these well-intentioned talks and concerns about other topics, 1 in 5 of our children are experiencing a mental illness. And when the possible outcome of an undiagnosed mental illness can literally be the difference between life and death, it’s not a topic we should or can ignore. The Strong Minds and Happy Hearts program helps bring awareness and the needed attention to this critical issue.

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Topics: Getting Treatment

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