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A Year of Shock Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder

A Year of Shock Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder

Shock therapy for major depressive disorder, also called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), sounds scary. But it gave my daughter her life back. Here's our story.My daughter just graduated from a year of shock therapy for major depressive disorder (electroconvulsive therapy [ECT]). It gave her life back. Her severe major depressive disorder had stopped her from functioning in life and kept the threat of suicide lingering over her like a vulture waiting to pounce. Yet, today, a year after beginning shock therapy, she has finished her college program, gotten a job and is socializing and taking care of herself with a kind of sparkle that had once seemed impossible. Shock therapy for my daughter’s major depressive disorder created a miracle for her.

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Introduction to Susan Traugh, Author of ‘Life with Bob’

Introduction to Susan Traugh, Author of ‘Life with Bob’

"Life with Bob" author Susan Traugh talks about her life parenting children with bipolar and other mental illness.Hello, I’m Susan Traugh, one of the authors of Life with Bob about parenting children with mental illness at HealthyPlace. I live with a husband with bipolar disorder and have three children with mental illness: two with bipolar disorder and one with generalized anxiety disorder.

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Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

Battling the Isolation of Childhood Mental Illness

The isolation caused by childhood mental illness can limit your family's fulfillment and capacity for mental health. Learn to limit associated anxiety instead. A child’s mental illness isolates the whole family. Social anxiety, unpredictable outbursts, sensory issues–all these things can make the outside world exhausting for your child (Mental Illness, Isolation, and Loneliness). Judgment, stigma, and fear make it exhausting for parents. Isolation in childhood mental illness is our biggest enemy. Fight it.

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Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

Manage Problem Behaviors Caused by Childhood Mental Illness

Parenting a child with problem behavior due to mental illness is hard enough at home. But what do you do when you can't be with your child? Watch this for tips.

It’s important to know how to manage your child’s problem behaviors caused by mental illness when you’re not there. When your child struggles with mental illness, going into public can be terrifying. More terrifying is wondering what your child is doing in public when you’re not there (Parenting Children with Behavior Problems). One of my son’s diagnoses is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I’ll discuss more specifics about parenting children with ADHD throughout March, but for now, just know that ADHD sometimes makes children socially awkward and they display problem behaviors that you need to manage even when you’re not there.

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Introduction to Christina Halli, Author of the Life with Bob Blog

Introduction to Christina Halli, Author of the Life with Bob Blog

Hello, my name is Christina Halli. I am excited to join HealthyPlace writing Life with Bob. I can tell you parenting a child with mental illness is tough, one of the hardest things I have done.

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Getting Enough Sleep to Care for Mentally Ill Children

Getting Enough Sleep to Care for Mentally Ill Children

Getting enough sleep to proactively parent a child with mental illness is important--but sometimes not the case. Even so, we parents should sleep for self-care.

Over the past month, I’ve been writing about taking care of you, taking care of your child and eating right to help manage your child’s mental illness to help parents improve their mental health and wellness. In the video below, you’ll find my tips to how getting enough sleep can help you reduce stress and be a better parent.

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Eat Right To Help You Manage Your Child’s Mental Illness

Eat Right To Help You Manage Your Child’s Mental Illness

Video about eating right as part of parent's self-care, so parent can better care for child's mental illness. Watch.

Last week, I wrote about self-care, or taking care of you while caring for your child, and why it is so important to your child’s well-being as well as your own. Many times, we parents leave ourselves for last while caring for our children.

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SAD in Spring: Spring Can Make Mental Illness Symptoms Worse

SAD in Spring: Spring Can Make Mental Illness Symptoms Worse

Yesterday morning, Bob said something I’ve never heard him say before: “I need to see my doctor.” (He was referring to his psychiatrist.)

I asked why, and his answer was clear: “Because I can’t sleep.” I felt awful for him, he looked almost near tears.

He’s not the only one. Every morning, as we inch closer to Spring, I find it more difficult to get to sleep (and stay asleep), and more difficult to awake and rise in the morning (What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]?).

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Video: Bipolar Child and Psychotic Depression

Video: Bipolar Child and Psychotic Depression

Is my son, Bob (who has bipolar disorder), experiencing “psychotic depression?”

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Video: Personal Interests Greatly Benefit Parents of Mentally Ill Children

Video: Personal Interests Greatly Benefit Parents of Mentally Ill Children

Making time for yourself, although not easy, makes all the difference when parenting a child with a psychiatric illness.

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