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My Child Has Autism

My Child Has Autism

Television and movies are the extent of my knowledge about autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been led to believe that people with autism are either like Rain Man (an autistic savant) or less gifted, empathy-denied individuals loved by their parents who understand their child cannot love them back.

Boy, have I been misled.

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Help for Families Raising Children with Mood Disorders

Help for Families Raising Children with Mood Disorders

Susan Resko discusses the challenges of raising children with mood disorders and how her organization can help. Watch.

My son struggles with moderate anxiety from time to time. In turn, I struggle with knowing how best to help him. After speaking with Susan Resko, former Executive Director of The Balanced Mind Foundation, I feel renewed gratitude for my comparatively much smaller-scale parenting struggles. Families raising children with mood disorders have a daunting task, but there is help available.

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Labeling and Medicating Our Mentally Ill Children

Labeling and Medicating Our Mentally Ill Children

It’s becoming more and more common for children to be diagnosed with mental health issues. We see labeling and medications dispensed now more than ever before for children who may not have been considered anything other than “unique” or “challenging”  in years past. There’s no doubt about it, children suffer, too. But our guest, Dr. Marilyn Wedge, says that she has never, in 20 years of practice, seen a case that could not be resolved by family therapy.

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Parenting an Autistic Child

Parenting an Autistic Child

Ginger Taylor's son has autism. Watch the video interview as she talks frankly about the risks and rewards of parenting an autistic child.

If I’d had to win the job of mother to my son on a Survivor-style reality game show, I would have been voted off within the first 6 months. As it is, I’ve lasted almost 13 years and done okay for the most part. But much of that success has to do with the fact that my child is physically and mentally healthy. In other words, he’s not that difficult to parent. Children with autism have special limitations and needs that are bound to make parenting an autistic child an exponentially greater challenge than parenting already is.

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Help for Parents of Teenagers

Help for Parents of Teenagers

My son is 12 and will officially enter the realm of adolescence in a matter of months. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard dire warnings and grave well wishes from parents who have been there and know firsthand the unique challenges that go along with parenting teenagers. I’ve assumed for some time that parents-in-the-know exaggerate the difficulties facing parents of teenagers for comic effect. But as my son nears the age of 13, I’m forced to consider that maybe they aren’t kidding. Already I struggle to deal with behaviors and attitudes I’ve never encountered in my son before. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of advice and help for parents of teenagers available to guide those of us new to parenting adolescents.

coveradolescentownermanualExpert Help for Parents of Teenagers

Dr. David Laing Dawson is the author of The Adolescent Owner’s Manual and our guest on this week’s edition of the  HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. Dr. Dawson is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and has been focusing on children, teens and families for over ten years. His book offers a refreshing look at the puzzling world faced by today’s teens and their parents who are trying to guide them. Incorporating advances in neuroscience, Dr. Dawson clearly describes how teen brains work and offers practical advice and help for parents of teenagers in a fun and relaxing style.

hp-vid-david-laing-dawson-smYour goal as a parent should be to get your adolescent child into adulthood, alive, healthy, preferably educated and skilled, without a major drug problem or criminal record or pregnancy. Anything more is icing and a pleasure to behold. – Dr. David Laing Dawson

Video on Parenting Teenagers

Watch the video interview with Dr. Dawson, Successfully Parenting Your Adolescent, as he discusses some common parenting challenges and offers practical help for parents of teenagers.

You can find all mental health video interviews from the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show in the table of contents.

Share Your Experiences with Parenting Teenagers

Are you the parent of a teenager? What challenges do you encounter? What strategies and tools have you found most effective? We invite you to call us at 1-888-883-8045 and share your experiences, insights, and help for parents of teenagers. (Info on Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences here.) You can also leave comments below.

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Video Game Addiction: The Search for Treatment

Video Game Addiction: The Search for Treatment

Like most parents, Laurie Oulette wants her son to be healthy and happy. When he’s sick, struggling, or in trouble she wants to help him get well. But since his father’s suicide last December, Laurie’s 14-year-old son has become immersed in a video game addiction.

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Eating Disorders Recovery: Information for Parents

Eating Disorders Recovery: Information for Parents

Laura Collins, author of Eating With Your Anorexic, says parents aren’t to blame for their child’s eating disorder and should play a greater role in eating disorders recovery.

Eating With Your Anorexic author and HealthyPlace blogger, Laura Collins, has a bold message for parents of children and teens with eating disorders – “It’s not your fault!”

A lot of the information on the causes of eating disorders points the finger at parents.  Parents, says Collins, are blamed by many researchers and treatment professionals as playing some role in the causes of eating disorders in their children. She wants more evidence-based research into the causes of eating disorders as well as eating disorders treatment recommendations.

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Parents of Addicts: What You Do Right, Wrong, and When to Do Nothing

Parents of Addicts: What You Do Right, Wrong, and When to Do Nothing

Raising a child is hard enough. Having a child with an addiction can be a living hell; a nightmare of constant heartache and worry. This week, on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, we’re focusing on parents of addicts – what they do right, wrong, and how to draw the line in helping an addicted child (teen or adult).

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Parenting Children with Behavior Problems

Parenting Children with Behavior Problems

Parenting children with behavior problems is a real challenge. Dr. Steven Richfield, the Parent Coach, on how to manage behavior problems in children. Watch video.

A common problem every parent faces is how to assess and deal with behavior problems in children.  Unfortunately, kids don’t come with a manual and most of us learn parenting skills from our own parents and how they raised us.  Sometimes, that’s not enough when you’re dealing with a child who presents special parenting challenges.

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Surviving Postpartum Depression – October 27

Surviving Postpartum Depression – October 27

Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a survivor of two life-threatening, undiagnosed postpartum depressions and she's an expert in postpartum depression. Read her story.

Having a baby is a thought to be a miracle. The baby is born and although mom may be extremely tired, in the days that follow, there’s also joy and happiness that surrounds the event. For some women, though, it’s a very trying time. Mood swings, insomnia and fatigue set in and get in the way of the mother caring for her newborn baby. On the extreme end, some mothers with postpartum depression end up committing suicide or even killing their own child or children.

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