Mental health conditions can affect any person regardless of gender, age, health status and income, and that includes people who have or want to have children of their own. Parenting is both greatly rewarding and a daunting task for anyone, but it poses some particular challenges for people with a mental health condition. Children whose parents have a mental illness are at risk for developing social, emotional and/or behavioral problems. An inconsistent and unpredictable family environment, often found in families in which a parent has mental illness, contributes to a child’s risk. It is important for any parent to be aware of warning signs that a child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help.
There’s a national campaign currently in full swing to lift the veil on mental health, and great emphasis is being placed on the importance of spotting the early signs that suggest a child might be struggling emotionally.
“I hope Scrambled Heads can bridge a gap in the education of mental health with children,” Palmer said. “I hope it encourages families to get talking with their children about mental health, so children know what mental health is and feel like they can ask for help.”
San Francisco-based teacher Mark Lukach was married to his wife Giulia for just three years when she had her first psychotic episode at age 27.
Anne Buist, professor of women’s mental health at the University of Melbourne, said we were struggling to support women with severe mental health issues.
Pregnant women having lower levels of an anti-anxiety hormone in their second trimester had an increased chance of developing postpartum depression, a study has shown. Read more.
On Monday, a group of social workers and doctors will try to do their part for other moms in a similar situation by opening the doors of the Motherhood Center of New York, a non-medical facility in Kips Bay providing new and expecting moms a range of supportive services. Read more.
Therapy and personal support are often suggested as early treatment for the condition, but a growing number of new mothers in Austin, Texas are turning to marijuana to contend with the emotional pain of postpartum depression.
While I believe deeply in the value of professional therapy, I know it will take much more for us to effectively combat the proliferation of mental health disorders and high stress in this next generation.
For the majority of my life, I’ve felt like the parent while my mother, who has a mental illness, is the kid. It’s a weird feeling, basically being the adult in the relationship.
Mental illness takes a toll on the person who has it and those closest to them – their families. It’s especially difficult for those caring for a loved one with schizophrenia for years. Nina Worley was 17 when she experienced what she called her worst nightmare. Read more…
What on earth could ever be wrong with emphasizing early bonding, connection, and relationship as the foundation of all good therapy? According to some critics, attachment-based therapy neglects a vast range of important human influences. Read more…
Pueblo, CO, clinic rewrites the book on primary medical care by asking patients about their childhood adversity
When staff members of a primary care medical clinic started asking parents about their adverse childhood experiences and the resilience factors in their lives, the results were so positive that they expanded the program. Read more…
The federal government is offering families a glimmer of hope for the future of maternal mental health in the U.S.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness recently launched a support group in Hastings for people who are raising a child with a mental illness.
The funding will pay for more nurses and psychiatrists to provide specialist care for women in their homes and in maternity units, by giving advice on medication and lifestyle, counselling them and helping to minimise risks.
Childreth created her Bipolar Lemonade blog in 2014 to help deal with the stress and sadness she felt after placing her daughter, Chloe, in a residential treatment program in Corvallis for the first time.
According to a recent study by American Geriatric Society, tests were done with 830 middle-aged women, concluding if one has their children later in life, their brainpower will be boosted while protecting one from memory loss.
New research suggests cognitive-behavioral therapy may provide a non-pharmaceutical solution to the conundrum.
It is helpful to understand what is driving kids to become hyper, unfocused, disorganized and fidgety. Once you know what is at the root of these behaviors, you’ll be much more effective at helping your child with these issues.