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Life with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Life with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), relatively new to childhood diagnoses, may explain your child's terrifying outbursts. Could it be DMDD?Most people don’t know what life with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is like. But if your child is perpetually angry and irritable or you walk on eggshells for fear of triggering terrifying outbursts, these behaviors may point to disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, a childhood mood disorder that can lead a child and his or her parents on a scary and frustrating journey.

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Does Your Child Have ADHD? Non-Clinical Clues from a Mom

Does Your Child Have ADHD? Non-Clinical Clues from a Mom

Figuring out if your child has ADHD can be hard. What behaviors are normal and which are not? Learn about determining if your child has ADHD.

What are the clues that your child has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD? To start, HealthyPlace has a quiz you can take (Free Online ADHD Child Quiz). It includes many of the typical signs of ADHD. However, as a parent, I realize you didn’t come here to learn how clinicians see the disorder. You want to know how ADHD looks and feels on a daily basis. You want to know if you’re overreacting to behaviors or not. You want to know if your child has ADHD.

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My Mother with Mental Illness

My Mother with Mental Illness

My mother with mental illness died last week. She was 85 years old. Here I share my recollection of being raised by a mother with mental illness.

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Diagnosing a Child with Mental Illness

Diagnosing a Child with Mental Illness

The moment my 12-year-old son ran out the front door, I locked it. The temperature that evening was 17 degrees. Bob was wearing basketball shorts, a tank top and no shoes. Earlier he was playing with knives and making threats. My mind struggled as he banged on the door begging me to let him in. Finally, I unlocked the back door to the basement and told him to go around the house. He slept downstairs (behind a locked door) while my family slept safely upstairs. The next day Bob was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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About Christina Halli, Author of the Life with Bob Blog

About Christina Halli, Author of the Life with Bob Blog

On Parenting a Child with a Mental Illness

Hello, my name is Christina Halli. I am excited to join HealthyPlace writing Life with Bob. I can tell you parenting a child with mental illness is tough, one of the hardest things I have done.

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ADHD: Trivia About ADHD and My Son

ADHD: Trivia About ADHD and My Son

Hiya readers! According to Brownielocks, January 4th, 2013 was Trivia Day. So I wanted to share more about Bob’s (and mine) journey with ADHD by sharing some ADHD trivia. Hope you enjoy it!

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How to Find a Psychiatrist for You or Your Child

How to Find a Psychiatrist for You or Your Child

My most recent post asked if a parent and child should see the same psychiatrist. The consensus was a resounding “NO.” (Honestly, can’t you people make anything easy?) Admittedly, upon giving the situation further thought, I’d rather preserve my flawless appearance with Bob’s psychiatrist and let someone else be privy to my hot-messiness.

And so the search begins. (Sigh.)

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Mentally Ill Child Returns from Inpatient Hospitalization Worse, Not Better

Mentally Ill Child Returns from Inpatient Hospitalization Worse, Not Better

If you’ve read my previous posts about my son, Bob’s first inpatient psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 6, you may understand my mixed emotions surrounding his release after only six days. On one hand, I was happy to have my boy home, and to no longer be under the scrutiny of the hospital staff. On the other, I couldn’t help but think six days was a very short time to turn Bob into a “normal,” functional kindergarten student.

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Child’s Understanding of Mental Illness Improves with Age

Child’s Understanding of Mental Illness Improves with Age

December is, and always has been, a difficult month for Bob. It’s tough for him to wake up in the morning, and hard for him to get to sleep at night. He “thinks too much” (in his words), and often finds himself getting sad and teary-eyed. And his schoolwork? Don’t even ask.

I’ve known Bob’s mood takes a downturn in late Fall for a few years now. This year, it appearshe recognizes this aspect of his bipolar disorder diagnosis, as well.

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Teaching Experience Exposes School Issues for Mentally Ill Children (Part 1)

Teaching Experience Exposes School Issues for Mentally Ill Children (Part 1)

Yesterday, I arrived at school for my teaching assignment. Before the first bell, three staff members had already offered their assistance and described my class of sixteen 2nd-graders as “awful.”

On my first day of substitute teaching, I had been handed a room full of manic, unmedicated Bobs.

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