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Hidden Costs of Raising a Child with Special Needs

Hidden Costs of Raising a Child with Special Needs

The costs of raising a child with special needs or mental illness go deeper than medication and doctor bills. Hidden costs cause great financial hardship to families. Learn more about the costs of raising children with special needs / mental illness at HealthyPlace.

The costs of raising a child with special needs or childhood mental illness are a financial burden. In addition to the most obvious financial costs of raising a child with special needs, there are also the hidden costs of parenting our children. These financial costs can weigh upon the entire family and push parents of special needs children to the brink.

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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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What Made Residential Psychiatric Care Best for My Teenager?

What Made Residential Psychiatric Care Best for My Teenager?

Residential psychiatric care for your child is not an easy decision for parents, but choosing residential psychiatric care for my daughter probably saved her life. Learn what to consider before sending your child to residential care here, at HealthyPlace.

Putting a child in residential psychiatric care is one of the hardest decisions a parent has to make. Five years ago, I put my teenager into a residential psychiatric care facility for a year. Housing my child out of my home and in a residential mental health treatment center was a very painful decision that probably saved—and definitely changed—my child’s life.

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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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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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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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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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Medication Compliance Monitored by an FDA Approved Drug

Medication Compliance Monitored by an FDA Approved Drug

Medication compliance rates for psychiatric medications could be better. Now there's a medication that digitally tracks compliance. Should we be worried?

Medication compliance for people taking psychiatric drugs is notoriously hit and miss. Because of that, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a form of aripiprazole (Abilify) that digitally tracks medication compliance in patients with schizophrenia, some forms of bipolar, and some cases of depression according to Psychiatric Times.1 A digital sensor in the pill tracks when the medication is ingested by sending a digital tracking signal to an arm patch. Information can be provided to patients and might be shared with families and providers. While this may be the first such drug approved by the FDA, it will not be the last. So, the question for mentally ill patients and their families is this: Is this a wonderful, new medication compliance tool, or is it a potentially dangerous invasion of privacy?

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