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Symptoms of DMDD: Why Is My Child with DMDD So Mean?

Symptoms of DMDD: Why Is My Child with DMDD So Mean?

Symptoms of DMDD include irritability, a vague word that often includes meanness. Learn how to deal with a child when they're abusive at HealthyPlace. There are things you can do to protect your family and it's better to learn them sooner than later. Read this now.The main symptom of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) is chronic irritability. “Irritability” is a vague word, though. It doesn’t adequately describe how angry and mean our kids with DMDD can get or how demoralizing it feels. As parents, we work hard to raise decent human beings, then a DMDD outburst erupts and that decency seemingly flies out the door.

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Teen Dating Violence and Your Teenager with Mental Illness

Teen Dating Violence and Your Teenager with Mental Illness

Teen dating violence can happen right under a parent's nose. Learn how to guide your mentally ill teen into the dating world at HealthyPlace. Don't overlook teen dating violence by accident. Read these tips now.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), spotlighting the fact that every year “approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner,” according to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project. Awareness of violence in teen and 20-something dating is an important key to turning these statistics around, especially in teens with mental illness, yet three out of four parents never talk to their children about domestic violence. As parents of mentally ill children, it is vital that we address this issue and speak to our teens about dating violence and what to do.

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Ways to Avoid Bipolar Instability Caused by the Flu

Ways to Avoid Bipolar Instability Caused by the Flu

Bipolar instability when you get the flu is often reality. But flu season doesn't have to undermine your efforts to control bipolar disorder. Try these tips.

Avoiding bipolar instability because you have the flu is important, but it can be difficult to maintain stability with bipolar disorder while trying to combat the effects of the local virus going around. If you are a parent of a child with bipolar disorder, a simple virus can lead to bipolar instability in your child’s mental health. It becomes a difficult cycle as increased instability with bipolar makes it hard to treat the flu and increased symptoms of the flu make it difficult to control bipolar. However, by planning ahead, parents can lessen the ill-effects of flu season and keep their child’s mental health as intact as possible.

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ADHD and Video Games: Will Gaming Harm Your Child with ADHD?

ADHD and Video Games: Will Gaming Harm Your Child with ADHD?

ADHD and video games raise important questions. How safe is gaming for a child with ADHD? Can parents use video games to improve behavior? Learn about it here.Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and video games: How much screen time do you allow your child with ADHD? I ask because parents of children with ADHD have a love/hate relationship with video games. They can be a huge motivator for our kids. They provide us with rare quiet times. Yet, we’re often shamed based on how much screen time our kids get. Using screens is often viewed as poor parenting. I’ve even been told video games cause my son’s ADHD (Stigma Against Parents Who Raise a Child with Mental Illness). These days, asking me about my child’s screen time will elicit the same response as asking me about my weight. I will lie about it, then I’ll go home and cry.

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Stop Emotion Contagion with Mentally Ill Kids

Stop Emotion Contagion with Mentally Ill Kids

Emotional contagion between your mentally ill children and yourself can be stopped. Learn simple steps to stop the negative effects of emotional contagion here.

“Emotional contagion” occurs when we mirror the strong emotions of those around us whether those emotions are negative or positive. As a parent of a mentally ill child, it can be difficult not to “catch” our child’s negative emotions. By employing a few tools, parents can avoid the downward spiral of emotional contagion and help their melting down child find a way back to the positive.

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Tips to Manage DMDD in the Classroom and Beyond

Tips to Manage DMDD in the Classroom and Beyond

DMDD in the classroom is tough to manage. Read tips parents can share with teachers and other school caregivers to make managing DMDD in the classroom easier.Managing disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD) in the classroom isn’t as simple as knowing how to prevent DMDD behaviors. Yet parents of children with DMDD are often expected to have immediate solutions for teachers and caregivers in our children’s lives. Symptoms of DMDD are tough for even parents to handle, and immediate solutions don’t exist, but there are doable small steps that can help manage DMDD in the classroom.

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How to Prepare Mentally Ill Children for Natural Disasters

How to Prepare Mentally Ill Children for Natural Disasters

Preparing mentally ill children for natural disasters by giving them a sense of control calms their fear. Here's how to help your children prepare for disaster.

Preparing your mentally ill children for natural disasters is vitally important. Knowing what kinds of natural disasters are expected in your area and preparing a plan to deal with a crisis will provide a sense of control and safety to children with mental illness during a natural disaster.

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Mental Health Benefits of Pets for Children with ADHD, DMDD

Mental Health Benefits of Pets for Children with ADHD, DMDD

The mental health benefits of pets for children usually outweigh the trouble. Pets can teach empathy and help a child's anxiety, attention, and impulse control.

There are mental health benefits of pets for children with mental illness. Pets can be great friends and teachers to children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), or other mental health concerns. Plenty of research exists backing up the helpfulness of having animals in therapy, school, or at home. My son’s mental health benefits from the animals in his life.

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Finding Gratitude When Mental Illness Takes So Much from You

Finding Gratitude When Mental Illness Takes So Much from You

Finding gratitude around the holidays when mental illness fills our lives with loss isn't easy. Try these tips on finding gratitude in your life just as it is.

Finding gratitude when you or your family member lives with mental illness can seem so hard. The holidays especially can feel like a real season of loss for families with mental illness. While “normal families” seem to celebrate all the traditions that film and commercials dictate, families with mental illness cannot take on such busyness and chaos without negative repercussions or a mental health relapse. But, rather than see our alternate celebrations as a loss, finding gratitude during the holidays helps us see the better side of mental health struggles.

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Sibling Abuse as a Result of Childhood Mental Illness

Sibling Abuse as a Result of Childhood Mental Illness

Sibling abuse can result if one sibling has a mental illness like DMDD. Sibling abuse is often confusing for parents: When does rivalry become sibling abuse?

My family experiences sibling abuse because my son has disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD). This means his emotional responses are violently out of proportion to the trigger. Worse, the trigger is often his sister. If he perceives her to get anything positive that he does not, Armageddon breaks out. I don’t know how siblings without mental illness interact. All I know is that the fighting that goes along with sibling abuse is exhausting.

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