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Introduction to Susan Traugh, Author of ‘Life with Bob’

Introduction to Susan Traugh, Author of ‘Life with Bob’

"Life with Bob" author Susan Traugh talks about her life parenting children with bipolar and other mental illness.Hello, I’m Susan Traugh, one of the authors of Life with Bob about parenting children with mental illness at HealthyPlace. I live with a husband with bipolar disorder and have three children with mental illness: two with bipolar disorder and one with generalized anxiety disorder.

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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 in childhood mental illness is our biggest enemy. Fight it.

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Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

Parenting a child with problem behavior due to mental illness is hard enough at home. But what do you do when you can't be with your child? Watch this for tips.

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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