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Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

It’s important to know how to manage your child’s problem behaviors caused by mental illness when you’re not there. When your child struggles with mental illness, going into public can be terrifying. More terrifying is wondering what your child is doing in public when you’re not there (Parenting Children with Behavior Problems). One of my son’s diagnoses is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’ll discuss more specifics about parenting children with ADHD throughout March, but for now, just know that ADHD sometimes makes children socially awkward and they display problem behaviors that you need to manage even when you’re not there.

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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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Self-Care: Getting Enough Sleep to Minimize Stress

Self-Care: Getting Enough Sleep to Minimize Stress

Over the past month, I’ve been writing about taking care of you, taking care of your child and eating right to help manage your child’s mental illness to help parents improve their mental health and wellness. In the video below, you’ll find my tips to how getting enough sleep can help you reduce stress and be a better parent.

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Self Care: Eating Right To Help Manage Your Child’s Mental Illness

Self Care: Eating Right To Help Manage Your Child’s Mental Illness

Last week, I wrote about self-care, or taking care of you while caring for your child, and why it is so important to your child’s well-being as well as your own. Many times, we parents leave ourselves for last while caring for our children.

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Video: Bipolar Child and Psychotic Depression

Video: Bipolar Child and Psychotic Depression

Is my son, Bob (who has bipolar disorder), experiencing “psychotic depression?”

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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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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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We’re Not Trying to Drug Our Mentally Ill Kids Into Submission (Video)

We’re Not Trying to Drug Our Mentally Ill Kids Into Submission (Video)

My son, “Bob,” has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. In my post titled “Insurance Companies Are NOT Psychiatrists–Why Are They Making Decisions?,” I discussed how my insurance company has decided not to pay for refills of Bob’s psychiatric medications – even though his psychiatrist thinks they are necessary for his mental wellness.

Your Child with Mental Illness is Being Over-medicated

One reader agrees with the insurance company. Why? Concernedmom says he’s “over-medicated”.

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Video: Season Change Can Impact Psychiatric Symptoms in Children

Video: Season Change Can Impact Psychiatric Symptoms in Children

Fall is upon us. The shorter days and less light affects my son’s mood. Have you noticed any changes in your child’s mood? Or yourself?

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Video: Thoughts on the First Day of School

Video: Thoughts on the First Day of School

The days leading up to the first day of school can be more nerve-wracking for parents of mentally ill children than trying to decipher your health insurance coverage. So how did school go for me and my bipolar child? Find out in my video post!

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