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Video: When Should Parents Allow Child’s Input on Psychiatric Medication?

Video: When Should Parents Allow Child’s Input on Psychiatric Medication?

Many parents of children who take psychiatric medications often face resistance from the child. In this mental health video post, I question when–and if–parents should allow their child to have input into their mental health treatment.

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Abusers and Embarrassment

Abusers and Embarrassment

Will would often tell me that I would never find another man like him. I did not stop to consider if I would want to find another guy like him because deep down, the answer was “No, I never want to know someone like you ever again.”

Instead of answering the real question, I chose to listen to him tell me why he was so great. Honestly, I agreed because when it came to work, Will was great. Will works diligently, and held two jobs in the early years. I did not worry about income. I was able to stay at home with the boys without once being asked to take a job. He willingly put up with work he hated to provide for his family.

Will wanted to be married, wanted children, wanted a family. He wanted to keep us neat and tight like collectible robots on a shelf.

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The Cold and Distant Mother and Other ED Myths – Video

The Cold and Distant Mother and Other ED Myths – Video

I recently read HP blogger Natasha Tracy’s Breaking Bipolar post, “Bipolar Disorder is Caused by a Bad Childhood.” Her words made me think about the many myths that have been perpetuated and still exist about the cause or causes of eating disorders. For example, many clinicians believed years ago that a cold and distant mother was a cause of her child developing an eating disorder. I refute this myth, and talk about the variety of theories about the causes of eating disorders in this video.

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Amy Winehouse, Anxiety and Grief

Amy Winehouse, Anxiety and Grief

As a friend of mine pointed out, there was a weird thing happening in cyberspace this week: People were rationing grief. Portioning it up like that really can be done, like any of us could put a cap on sadness, anger, denial, fear.

Would we like to be able to say, ‘I’ll take only this much, and no more?’ Probably, a lot of the time, yes. It’s one of those fantasies many people carry around I think, especially people living with anxiety. Because wouldn’t it be nice? Only it doesn’t work that way. In our day-to-day, where we live and breathe other people so much of the time, it’s way more important to feel, relate, communicate, empathize, understand whenever we possibly can.

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Weight Stigma: An Enduring Prejudice

Weight Stigma: An Enduring Prejudice

Recently I was invited to write on my personal blog about weight stigma and what does it mean to me as part of fellow blogger and ED activist Voice in Recovery‘s Weight Stigma Blog Carnival. (ViR is HealthyPlace blogger Kendra Sebelius, author of Debunking Addiction.) I wanted to continue the conversation about weight stigma on Surviving ED.

I was very nervous about writing “Weight(ing) For Change: Why Weight Stigma Impacts Us All.” Why? Because it forced me to face my own prejudices and fears towards people who are overweight or obese, and about weight in general.

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Mental Illness Recovery Support: Doing it Right

Mental Illness Recovery Support: Doing it Right

I’m a few days late with this post, but with good reason: we’ve been trying to orchestrate Ben’s hospital discharge plans.  Yes – after this six-week relapse, he is finally back with us (as of yesterday), in so many ways.

If you’ve been following this schizophrenia relapse, you know that this had been Ben’s first relapse in over six years, and that it was precipitated by a too-quick-and-unguided move from a group home to independent living. Once he went off his meds this time, there was the danger he might not agree to take them again – and that, if he did, they might not work again.

Yet, here we are. I could cry from relief and happiness. For today, we have Ben back.

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Calling Out Verbal Abuse

Calling Out Verbal Abuse

During the time I was trying to save my marriage, I made quite a few mistakes. One of them was naming the type of verbal abuse he used as he said the words.

After educating myself with many books (mostly by Patricia Evans), I made a list of the abusive techniques he has at his disposal. I learned them (hint: great idea) and posted them on the fridge (hint: terrible idea). Then, when he’d pull one of those tricks out of his hat, I named it, told him that I would talk to him when he was NOT trying to control me, and then turn on my dainty heels to leave the room.

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Medication Compliance and Children

Medication Compliance and Children

I dropped Bob off this morning to spend the next week with his father. On the way, we hit the pharmacy to pick up his medication refills. I handed him one of his pills, as we’d been out when he took his morning doses. “It’s chewable,” I said, “so you can take it without water.”

When we reached our destination, I got out of the car, gave him a long hug goodbye, and got back in the car. As he and his father drove away, I noticed, in the passenger seat, the pill I’d handed him twenty minutes earlier.

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Publicly Living with a Mental Illness

Publicly Living with a Mental Illness

Sharing your mental health with the world can backfire sometimes. There are stories across the Internet where people have lost jobs, severed relationships, and been severely criticized because they admitted to having a mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder or you name it. Of course, that’s why most people use a false identity when posting on the web, so others won’t know it’s them.

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Should the FDA Consider ECT Machines Less Dangerous?

Should the FDA Consider ECT Machines Less Dangerous?

In January the FDA had a meeting about whether electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) machines should be moved from the most dangerous category of medical devices (Class 3) to the less dangerous Class 2.

And the freak outs began.

I saw people screaming about how wrong it was and writing petitions and wanting to go to the FDA meeting to voice their opinion. I mostly ignored this issue because, well, I didn’t care. I have so many important issues on my plate there just wasn’t room for one more.

That is until I can across an article in Psychiatric Times by Charles H. Kellner, MD. Kellner explains why the move from Class 3 to Class 2 is important and its possible effect on patients.

What if you didn’t have access to ECT anymore?

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