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It is so hard – emotionally, financially and physically – to be a caregiver for anyone who has an illness, regardless of the reason. We sacrifice so much. The whole family is inconvenienced, the financial strain is great and effects everyone. We take them to appointments, rearrange our lives and make their care the...

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Copers

May 25, 2010 by

Amy learned during her first hospitalization to try doing enjoyable activities as a distraction when she started feeling overwhelmed.  These activities were called “copers” – something to help her cope with her anxiety.  She made a lengthy list which she would bring out and review as needed.  She would then choose one to do. ...

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Who knew our kids could have their own month?  Anyway, here are some helpful links for support: National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health at http://www.ffcmh.org National Alliance on Mental lllness at www.nami.org Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), US Department of Health and Human Services, at  http://www.samhsa.gov/children/index.aspx

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Not long ago, a team of researchers watched a 1-year-old boy take justice into his own hands. The boy had just seen a puppet show in which one puppet played with a ball while interacting with two other puppets. The center puppet would slide the ball to the puppet on the right, who would...

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How many times has this gone through your head?  We’re all running through this mess, trying to keep our kids safe and bring them back to reality but we’re sailing in chartered waters.  There is no map or any similar personal experience to guide us.  We’re on our own and just doing the best...

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I’m sure most have heard about the 15 year old girl from South Hadley, Mass who committed suicide after enduring the bullying of a group of classmates for a prolonged time.  As Amy was a victim of bullying, I can only imagine the heartbreak of her family.  It is this parent’s worst nightmare.  We...

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Fresh Insights

April 6, 2010 by

Hank and I are now on day three without Amy.  She is on spring break and enjoying it with her grandparents.  We are decompressing. Amy is not an easy child to parent.  Don’t get me wrong, she is delightful and one of the greatest people it has been my pleasure to know.  I love...

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Like a Tornado

March 27, 2010 by

t's been four and half years since Amy was diagnosed and we've just experienced the best year since. She's been doing great at school, has many friends, is involved in extra curricular activities and we haven't had any lengthy depressive episodes in a year. Life, as we knew it before, is returning....

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I’ve talked with many parents of teens with depression and a few are afraid of putting their children on medication.  They fear unknown long term side effects.  It is a difficult choice but Hank and I put it in black or white terms – either she gets the meds or she is successful in...

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Treatment facilities have different approaches in their treatment of child and adolescent psych patients.  Of course, upon Amy’s first admission, we had no clue about this.  This was one of the many first mistakes we made during her first year of treatment The treatment facility we first sent Amy for treatment had the reputation...

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