Mental illness rarely first occurs as a full-blown disorder, short of a traumatic experience. There are usually warning signs and red flags that can alert parents that their child’s mental well-being may be at risk.
The devastating statistics on teen suicide are startling, and should be taken seriously by any parent, especially if your child has existing mental health issues. Suicide is, sadly, the second leading cause of death (after traffic fatalities) for teenagers in the U.S., accounting for eight deaths per 100,000 teens.
Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person, is one of the most important skills we can nurture in our children.
Going away to college – it’s a rite of passage for many and a time of huge personal growth and change. But for young adults dealing with mental health problems, it represents a whole new set of challenges.
Topics: School Issues
Navigating the sometimes-complicated pathways to get to the right care for a child experiencing mental health issues can be frustrating. Once you do find the care your child needs, the inevitable next question is about costs and affordability. How does the average family afford the care their child needs?
Topics: Insurance Funding Issues
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.
Topics: Getting Treatment