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.
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.
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.
Mothers who purchased antidepressants at least twice during pregnancy had a 37-percent increased risk of speech and/or language disorders among their offspring.
An educational conference for perinatal health professionals and students interested in advancing evidence-based practices at institutional, community, and state levels.
A fascinating journal article argued that some children are like orchids–they don’t just wither in response to a harsh upbringing, they also flourish in a positive environment. Since then, research into this concept has exploded.
Earlier this year, I started seeing a therapist. After months of feeling irrationally angry, unsettled and even more emotional than I usually am, I realized I could use some professional help in managing my emotions and the challenges of parenting.
Drugs like Prozac and bumetanide show early promise for boosting intelligence in mouse studies, but activists say we should value people for who they are.
People undergoing fertility treatment often suffer symptoms of depression or anxiety, but few get any formal help, a new study suggests.
How children and teens get predisposed to mental illness.
For many moms, social media can be a triggering space. It can be a breeding ground for comparison, which so many moms are already prone to in their offline lives.