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Accepting Your Child’s Mental Illness in the Stages of Grief

Accepting Your Child’s Mental Illness in the Stages of Grief

This is a story of accepting my child’s mental illness and moving through the stages of grief. I want this story to serve an emotional purpose. For others parenting a child with mental illness, I hope it normalizes your experience. For people who haven’t been through this but want to support a parent, I hope it makes those feelings real for you. Mental illness in children is gut-wrenching to watch. As a parent, the grief can be crippling, and because others don’t always understand, the grief can be lonely. We need understanding when parenting a child with a mental illness if we’re going to push through the stages of grief towards the hope on the other side.

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What to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness

What to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness

Have you ever wondered what to say to a parent of a child with mental illness? As a parent of a 17-year-old with bipolar disorder and social anxiety, I have. In this blog I will offer ideas of what to say to a parent of a child with mental illness.

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What Not to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness

What Not to Say to a Parent of a Child with Mental Illness

Have you ever wondered what not to say to a parent of a child with mental illness? Every day I hear insensitive remarks about my child’s mental illness. I don’t believe the people making these comments know how hurtful they are to me. It recently occurred to me that most people probably don’t know what to say or what not to say to a parent of a child with mental illness. Perhaps that is why they say exactly the wrong thing. So I’ve put together some guidelines of what not to say to a parent of a child with mental illness.

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Parenting A Child With Mental Illness: 2013 in Review

Parenting A Child With Mental Illness: 2013 in Review

Hiya Parents! As 2013 ends, I’ve been thinking about the past year and the different ways Bob, my son with ADHD, has grown. I’ve also been reviewing the past year for the top ten posts that you’ve enjoyed. As I went through them, I realized that I’ve grown a lot as a parent. So much of our time is spent ensuring that our kids are growing up well that we forget that we grow, too. So here’s a round-up of my top ten posts just to inspire you to have an amazing 2014 with your special needs child! Thank you so much for making it a great 2013. Happy New Year!

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Psychotherapy and Your Special Needs Child

Psychotherapy and Your Special Needs Child

Yesterday was National Psychotherapy Day according to Twitter.com. After doing some research, I discovered that it was the 2nd annual celebration and was founded by a group of clinicians, graduate students and supporters of psychotherapy in California (NationalPsychotherapyDay.com). The designation was designed to spread awareness about psychotherapy and reduce the stigma of seeking mental health treatment.

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Stigma Surrounding Psychiatric Medication

Stigma Surrounding Psychiatric Medication

It’s dark when I pull into the parking lot. I’m nervous–will he have what I need? Will the price have gone up? What if I can’t get it? How will I get through tomorrow–the next day, the day after that–if I don’t? My fears are unrecognized, but I can’t help noticing the smug, disapproving look on his face as he hands me what I came for.

This isn’t a back-alley drug deal; it’s a simple transaction between me and my pharmacist. So why do I still feel like a common junkie?

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Discipline, School, and the Mentally Ill Child in Handcuffs: Social Stigma

Discipline, School, and the Mentally Ill Child in Handcuffs: Social Stigma

The story of Salecia Johnson–a 6-year-old Kindergarten student who was handcuffed and arrested following a destructive tantrum–received widespread media attention. That this unfortunate event occurred at all is bad enough–the public’s response has been even worse.

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Discipline, School, and the Mentally Ill Child in Handcuffs

Discipline, School, and the Mentally Ill Child in Handcuffs

Have you heard this story? About the 6-year-old kindergartener who, throwing an epic tantrum, was handcuffed by police and escorted to the police station? Who has been suspended from school until August–i.e., the remainder of the school year? Have you heard the comments from the general public agreeing with the actions taken?

I have, and I am outraged. If you’re not, you should be.

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Should People With Mental Illness Have Children?

Should People With Mental Illness Have Children?

Generally speaking, I avoid public discussion of religion and politics. Not because I fear offending someone (I do that just about every time I open my mouth), but because such conversations usually irritate me to the point of pulling out my own hair. That said, the quest for a GOP presidential candidate has raised a lot of brouhaha concerning reproductive rights in America. Whether certain politicians aim to force everyone to spawn or limit childbearing rights to a particular set is unclear. The debate, however, brings to mind the question: should people with psychiatric illness have children?

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What Teachers Wish Parents Knew About Children and Mental Illness

What Teachers Wish Parents Knew About Children and Mental Illness

There are two sides to every coin, right?

Having offered up my list of what I, as a parent, wish educators knew about childhood psychiatric illness, it seems only fair to play devil’s advocate.

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