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Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

The isolation caused by childhood mental illness can limit your family's fulfillment and capacity for mental health. Learn to limit associated anxiety instead. A child’s mental illness isolates the whole family. Social anxiety, unpredictable outbursts, sensory issues–all these things can make the outside world exhausting for your child (Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness). Judgment, stigma, and fear make it exhausting for parents. Isolation is our biggest enemy. Fight it.

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504 Plan for Mentally Ill Child Forces Parent to Ask: When to Push, When to Relent

504 Plan for Mentally Ill Child Forces Parent to Ask: When to Push, When to Relent

I’d like to thank all of you for the kind words and shared stories regarding last week’s posts regarding my son, Bob’s first inpatient psychiatric facility admission. I have more to share on that matter, but I’m returning to the present today for the ongoing saga of the 504 Plan.

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Holiday Gatherings Can Cause Added Stress for Mentally Ill Children and Parents

Holiday Gatherings Can Cause Added Stress for Mentally Ill Children and Parents

I was almost looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. We had a pretty uneventful holiday planned–Bob would be at his father’s house until Saturday evening, and my large, loud extended family had opted for a smaller gathering on Saturday (just my parents, siblings, and assorted nieces).

Until Bob caught wind of this plan, and asked to come home early so he could go to his grandparents’ house with us. And then I discovered it was not to be an intimate gathering (or as “intimate” as it gets with four siblings, their spouses, and 7 grandchildren); it would be the whole family–aunts, uncles, ad nauseum–totalling 28 people.

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Video: Personal Interests Greatly Benefit Parents of Mentally Ill Children

Video: Personal Interests Greatly Benefit Parents of Mentally Ill Children

Making time for yourself, although not easy, makes all the difference when parenting a child with a psychiatric illness.

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Family Birthday Celebration Too Stressful for Mentally Ill Child

Family Birthday Celebration Too Stressful for Mentally Ill Child

This weekend, Bob turns 10 years old. A momentous occasion, for sure–why haven’t I been in the mood to celebrate?

Aside from it being tough to get into party-planning a for someone who has acted anything but party-worthy…parties and Bob don’t mix.

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Right, Wrong, and Children with Psychiatric Illness

Right, Wrong, and Children with Psychiatric Illness

Last week was certainly eventful. After Monday’s outburst that led to a call from school, Bob was under strict orders to…well, just try to get through the day without any drama. He did relatively well, presumably because a school skate night at the roller rink was at stake. Or so it seemed.

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Holiday Survival Guide for Parents of Mentally Ill Children: Part 1 – Thanksgiving

Holiday Survival Guide for Parents of Mentally Ill Children: Part 1 – Thanksgiving

Ah, the holiday season. Families coming together in joy and harmony, stuffing turkeys (and ourselves) full of all manner of deliciousness. Children singing and reveling in the magic and mystery and–

Who am I kidding? The last two months of the year can be trying for any parent, but for parents of children with mental illness, they can be far removed from the Rockwellian scenes we once envisioned.

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Lonely or Just Alone?

Lonely or Just Alone?

There are people who think loneliness and children with psychiatric illness go hand in hand in a vicious circle–a child’s illness causes him to withdraw; his withdrawal causes society to retreat from him even further. There are others who define themselves as introverts and insist they are not “mentally ill,” they are “just” introverts.

Which came first–the introverted chicken, or the mentally ill egg?

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Extracurricular Activities and the Mentally Ill Child

Extracurricular Activities and the Mentally Ill Child

The summer before Bob started kindergarten, I signed him up for teeball.

I’m still not sure what I was thinking. I’m not a sports fan and have always refuted the argument kids need involvement in team sports to be fulfilled. I guess there was something about the image of Bob in a tiny uniform that must have persuaded me. Whatever it was, we found ourselves on a team.

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