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Why I Would Not Choose to Homeschool My Mentally Ill Child

Why I Would Not Choose to Homeschool My Mentally Ill Child

My response to a recent comment asking, “should I homeschool my mentally ill child?” I, personally, would not. Here’s why:

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How to Find a Psychiatrist for You or Your Child

How to Find a Psychiatrist for You or Your Child

My most recent post asked if a parent and child should see the same psychiatrist. The consensus was a resounding “NO.” (Honestly, can’t you people make anything easy?) Admittedly, upon giving the situation further thought, I’d rather preserve my flawless appearance with Bob’s psychiatrist and let someone else be privy to my hot-messiness.

And so the search begins. (Sigh.)

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Should Parent and Child See Same Psychiatrist?

Should Parent and Child See Same Psychiatrist?

I’ve been shopping for a new psychiatrist for my chronic severe depression and anxiety, and I think I’ve found a good one. Female, office nearby, personable, good reputation, and covered by my insurance.

There’s just one possible snag–she’s already seeing my son.

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Recalling Mentally Ill Child’s Hospitalization Provides Perspective

Recalling Mentally Ill Child’s Hospitalization Provides Perspective

Before I decided to share them here, I hadn’t read my old personal blog entries chronicling Bob’s two inpatient hospitalizations in 2008 since writing them. As I read them four years later, the confusion, hurt, anger and hopelessness are just as palpable.

Amazing how the past can provide perspective into the present.

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More Inpatient Treatment for Mentally Ill Child

More Inpatient Treatment for Mentally Ill Child

Ongoing Problems Lead to a Second Inpatient Hospitalization

My recent posts have described my experiences with Bob and inpatient psychiatric treatment. I’m not sure why I’m revisiting that experience now, other than Bob’s currently doing relatively well and I don’t think I’ve previously detailed his hospitalizations here. Reading my own words, I’m amazed at how far we’ve come–and worried about the future.

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Mentally Ill Child Returns from Inpatient Hospitalization Worse, Not Better

Mentally Ill Child Returns from Inpatient Hospitalization Worse, Not Better

If you’ve read my previous posts about my son, Bob’s first inpatient psychiatric hospitalization at the age of 6, you may understand my mixed emotions surrounding his release after only six days. On one hand, I was happy to have my boy home, and to no longer be under the scrutiny of the hospital staff. On the other, I couldn’t help but think six days was a very short time to turn Bob into a “normal,” functional kindergarten student.

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504 Plan for Mentally Ill Child Forces Parent to Ask: When to Push, When to Relent

504 Plan for Mentally Ill Child Forces Parent to Ask: When to Push, When to Relent

I’d like to thank all of you for the kind words and shared stories regarding last week’s posts regarding my son, Bob’s first inpatient psychiatric facility admission. I have more to share on that matter, but I’m returning to the present today for the ongoing saga of the 504 Plan.

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When Mental Health Professionals Blame Parents for Child’s Mental Illness

When Mental Health Professionals Blame Parents for Child’s Mental Illness

If you read my previous post detailing Bob’s first inpatient admission to a psychiatric facility, you know I felt horrible about the decision, but hopeful Bob would get help. I also thought the hospital staff would see me as a concerned mother who wanted the best for her son. I had no idea what was actually in store for me and my husband.

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Admitting a Child to Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment: A Parent’s Perspective

Admitting a Child to Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment: A Parent’s Perspective

Four years ago, I admitted my then-six-year-old son to an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Much has changed in four years, but reading my thoughts from the time brings it all back. It’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on any parent; one I hope I never have to live again.

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Organization Skills and Children with Psychiatric Illness

Organization Skills and Children with Psychiatric Illness

As I continue writing Bob’s 504 Plan (previously blogged here and here), I am amazed at how much of it seems to be common sense. Does a child really need “frequent restroom breaks” put into writing in order to use the restroom? (Being a substitute teacher, I’ve learned most kids won’t go to the restroom every 20 minutes unless they’re bored, need a break, or have a real physical need.)

Sadly, it seems much “common sense” in education (indeed, all matters concerning children) has become anything but . Case in point: the accommodation in Bob’s plan that created such a buzz–his notebook.

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