Tagged "Parenting kids with mental illness"

10 Posts Tagged "Parenting kids with mental illness"



You’re Not Alone: Finding a Support System when Your Child Struggles with Mental Illness

When children are sick with physical illnesses like cancer, the entire community rallies around the family. Friends bring casseroles, offer to watch the child’s siblings…
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What Is a Good Post-Treatment Plan?

What Is a Good Post-Treatment Plan?

Your goal is to help your child learn the skills to manage their mental health diagnosis so treatment will eventually come to an end. Empower your child and your family by talking to your provider about formulating a post-treatment plan.
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Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

Navigating Summer Plans for a Child with Mental Illness: Pools, Popsicles, and Paying for Special Needs Care

While I no longer plan summer daycare for my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter, there’s no way I would have left my son Eric, who lives with bipolar disorder, home alone at the age of 13. He would not have been safe.
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Is it Anxiety, ADHD, or Both?

Is it Anxiety, ADHD, or Both?

Since some of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and anxiety can seem similar, the differences between the two diagnoses can be very confusing!
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Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

Nobody’s Perfect: Trusting yourself—and forgiving yourself—can be critical when parenting a child with mental illness

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in parenting a child with mental illness is that it’s okay to doubt myself—and even more importantly, it’s also okay to trust myself too.
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7 Free Screening Tools for Children's Mental Health Concerns

7 Free Screening Tools for Children's Mental Health Concerns

You’ve noticed some changes in your child or teen and you’re wondering if something more is going on than them just having a rough day. Perhaps their teacher or coach has…
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5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

When your happy-go-lucky child turns into an irritable, secretive, and moody teenager, how do you know whether they are exhibiting typical teen behavior or something more serious like depression?
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You Are What You Eat: Nutrition Plays an Important Role in Children’s Brain Health

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

Parents of kids with mental illnesses fight so many daily battles that trying to get a stubborn child to eat a healthy meal can seem like an impossible task. But healthy meals are worth the fight.
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Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Helping Your Teen Care About Mental Wellness

Sometimes, getting a teenager to do something that’s good for them may seem next to impossible. However, teens need their parent's guidance and support to make mental health a priority.
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Avoiding Travel Travails: A little planning can go a long way to ensuring your spring break travel is fun for everyone

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

My experience with my child has shown me that parents can plan for a successful adventure despite the challenges of mental illness. Here are a few things I have learned.
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