Children and Mental Health
Kitt O'Malley2015-04-29T08:37:49-07:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: Mental Health, Mental Illness|Tags: Child Mental Health, Child Psychiatry, Child Psychology|22 Comments
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Bipolar Writer & Mental Health Advocate
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Yes. Thank you for the work that you do in Canada on behalf of your family and others. My own son needed mental health intervention from an early age, too. I’m thankful that we had insurance to cover the help he needed. Now we are navigating the education and health care system trying to help him with other health needs.
I am a parent of a child who experiences mental health as well as other challenges. We recognized this at an early age, but navigating the systems to try and get support? Ugh.
did not give up searching for support and answers and continued to believe in our child
found some champions along the way – those people who took the time to get to know us, understand us and most importantly, believe in us.
More awareness and recognition is needed that children can and do experience mental health challenges. Thanks for this post.
Reblogged this on SURVIVORS BLOG HERE and commented:
Special Thanks to Kitt O’Malley. She does amazing work on her site. Please check out her site.
Thanks a million. You have great resources on your page.
Yes, of course. Thank you.
Can I reblog this post? Great resource list here. It give me a place to start.
I agree, its always more effective to have a supportive, non-judgemental approach.
I’m struggling to get my own affairs in order, but I hope I am able to help them lead better lives than my generation and the generation before me… at least in this regard.
You are addressing their needs. For that, I applaud you. Early intervention can really help, especially when it is supportive, compassionate, non-judgmental, and non-labeling.
Lived this, and living to see my own children live this.
Children: Our most valuable asset and the most neglected segment of society. Our hope for a better tomorrow hinges on our children who are ignored when they need help the most.
Reblogged this on Shedding Light on Mental Illness and commented:
Recognizing mental illness in young people is critical. The numbers just don’t lie.
Hi Kitt, i completely agree — each child being unique should be one of the main tenets of child psychiatry 🙂
I agree. We need some open-ended diagnoses for children, so that they can get the help they need without being negatively labeled. When we first took our son to a psychiatrist, we met the psychiatrist as a family for 50 minute sessions. Medication was only a component of treatment. Family support, helping us to understand and interact with our son, to realize that the parenting advice that might work with other children did not work necessarily with our son. Each child is unique. Each family is unique.
As a psychiatrist I still struggle a bit with the idea of diagnosing children as early as preschool. I agree with the importance of seeking help if needed but often question how much is environmental…sometimes once a child is diagnosed the emphasis is placed on the child being the problem (i have several adult patients who were treated as children and grow up feeling defective and at fault).
Thank you, Amy.
Thank you. Provided by TopCounselingSchools.org as a promo. Doubt their schools are top notch. Believe that they are using this as an advertising aid. But looks like good info regardless.
I like that visual aid. Very nice.
Interesting information. Worth sharing.