While it might seem unrealistic for parents to restrict the time their children spend on their devices, “The correlations between depression and smartphone use are strong enough to suggest that more parents should be telling their kids to put down their phone.”
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.
More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds.
The study by the University of Texas and the University of Michigan finds the more a child gets spanked — defined by an open hand on the backside — the more likely they were to defy their parents. In fact, it was discovered that children who receive spankings are more likely to be anti-social, aggressive Read more
Our experiences as children growing up inform how we parent when we have kids of our own. But when those experiences are abusive, neglectful or otherwise adverse, they can increase the risk for a negative cycle that can play out for generations within a family.
Mental-health series looks at how abusive fathers can change with Australian documentary Call Me Dad
In the 2015 Australian documentary Call Me Dad, director Sophie Wiesner follows, over several months, three men in a Melbourne suburb’s behavioural change program for abusive fathers called the Heavy METAL (Men’s Education Towards Anger and Life) Group.
The parents of a 12-year-old girl who suffers from acute mental health problems, including anorexia, say they are distraught about her care. The family have been working with a community mental health team in the Southern Health Trust, but say that is no longer sufficient.
Parents are often reminded to keep harmful substances out of their child’s reach. But what if a child’s experiences at home were as toxic to their health as household solvents and cleaners?
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.