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How to Transition Your Teen from Inpatient Psychiatric Care

How to Transition Your Teen from Inpatient Psychiatric Care

Transitioning your teen out of inpatient psychiatric care takes planning. Use these tips to help your teen's transition from inpatient psychiatric care go smoothly. Prepare for your child's transition at HealthyPlace.

The transition from your teen’s inpatient psychiatric care facility to home can mark an exciting change for your child. However, without a detailed plan for her transition, leaving inpatient psychiatric care can exacerbate her mental illness issues. Creating a solid plan for the transition period after your teen’s inpatient psychiatric care can help your child be a success as she transitions back into regular life (Coping with Life After Residential Mental Health Treatment).

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Twice Exceptional: Mental Illness and the Gifted Child

Twice Exceptional: Mental Illness and the Gifted Child

Twice exceptional children are those who are gifted and have a mental illness. Teachers often overlook twice exceptional children due to problematic behaviors. Could your child really be twice exceptional?Learn more about twice exceptional kids at HealthyPlace.

Twice-exceptional children are gifted children with mental illness, and they often get overlooked in school. A mentally ill child’s problem behaviors may mask their strengths, or their behaviors may frustrate teachers so much that teachers overlook the child’s strengths. These gifted kids with mental illness are twice exceptional and we should recognize them and push them as much as we do the typical gifted child.

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Separation Anxiety and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Separation Anxiety and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Separation Anxiety and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation DisorderSeparation anxiety in children is an intense fear of being separated from a loved one. It’s considered normal in infants and toddlers. In older kids, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. As the parent of a child with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), I often find myself wondering if what he experienced in early childhood was separation anxiety or the signs of the emotional disorder to come.

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When to Worry About Temper Tantrums

When to Worry About Temper Tantrums

What signs tell you when to worry about temper tantrums? Most preschoolers have them, but some tantrums are not 'normal.' Visit HealthyPlace to learn when you should worry about your preschooler's moods (hint: now is better than later).

How do we know when to worry about temper tantrums in our children? According to recent research, about 83% of preschoolers have regular temper tantrums.1 If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are the parent of at least one of the 83 percent. I was one such parent, too, and my son’s tantrums turned out to be the sign of childhood mental illness. How do you know when to worry about temper tantrums because it might be the same for you?

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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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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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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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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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