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Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Mental Illness: Part 2

Today's post is Part 2 on how to help kids who have a parent with a mental illness. In Part 1, we discussed how kids think about and react to having an ill parent. This post will address how to talk with kids when their Mom or Dad has a mental illness, and provide helpful resources.

Talking with kids about mental illness

Experts recommend that you address these main topics with...
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ADHD

Talking to Kids About a Parent’s Mental Illness: Part 1

When a parent is mentally ill, children are often confused, scared, angry, and/or worried. Depending on their ages, how long the parent has been symptomatic, and experiences with Mom or Dad being sick, children need appropriate levels of education and support.

Children of parents with mental illness are at risk a range of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, alcoholism, and personality disorders.

In this two-part...
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Anxiety and Panic

The Costs of NOT Treating Mental Illness

It's no secret that health insurance is expensive, and paying for mental health services can be outrageous as well. When you and your partner have a large pile of bills to pay, it can make a difficult decision to forgo mental health appointments and psychiatric medications appear--on the surface--to be easier.
No money = No care, no meds. Period. End of story. Right?
Unfortunately, you and your partner may have already discovered...
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ADHD

Tips for Telling Others About Your Partner’s Illness

Bringing up the topic of a partner's mental illness with family and friends can feel tricky. In some cases, it might be obvious that there is something wrong, but many mental illnesses can't be detected from the outside. However, that doesn't mean you and your partner don't need and deserve support from understanding family and friends.

Asking for that support can feel uncomfortable, though, given the stigma that still exists around mental illness,...
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ADHD

Partner Refusing Treatment? Here’s Why

Jim's drinking was clearly out of had been up for over 24 hours, and the beer bottles lying around numbered over thirty. Yet he refuses to see a counselor, saying that he "doesn't have a problem and doesn't need help!"

Jane's mother, Sally, age 76, can barely make her way through her own house because of the clutter and items she has accumulated. Jane is concerned for her mother's safety, but Sally...
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Anxiety and Panic

Stress in America 2011 Results: Caregivers Are In Trouble

The American Psychological Association released its annual Stress in America report earlier this month, and the findings were clear: those caring for people who are aging and/or chronically ill (including those having a mental illness) are under more stress than the average American. According to estimates from the National Alliance for Caregiving, million Americans served as caregivers for an ill or disabled relative in the past...
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Anxiety and Panic

Your Partner is 1 in 5

You may have told your partner during your time together that he or she is "one in a million," but if they also have a mental illness, they are more like 1 in 5 Americans, according to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

According to the report:
A new national report reveals that million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20 percent of...
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Partners

Is Your Partner an ACOA? The Impacts on Your Relationship

First off, let's define "ACOA" for those who don't recognize the acronym: Adult Children of Alcoholics. Is your partner one of them? Being an ACOA does not mean your partner has a mental illness, but the effects of having an alcoholic parent can greatly affect your partner's mental health, especially if the parent is still abusing alcohol (or other does not discriminate!)

The effects of parental substance abuse are far-reaching and often last for...
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Partners In Wellness with Joan Winifred

Is Your Partner Abusing Their Meds?

Drug abuse doesn't just happen with illegal substances like heroin and cocaine. It can happen with any kind of medication, including over the counter and prescription meds.

Any time a medication is used for something other than what was intended, it is being misused. It can be very easy to justify the use of meds for alleviating symptoms-- especially if you already have the medications in the house--but it's also all too easy to cross...
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