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A Mother Knows

Even if a child doesn’t yet know it himself, a mom knows when one of her kids is having a hard time. Whether it’s strange thoughts, the blues, sudden social withdrawal, paranoia, or uncontrollable anger. These are some of the worries that keep us up all hours wondering what, if anything, we should do. To make things worse, it’s often difficult to get good answers to our nagging questions.  Doctors don’t want to take the time or they dismiss our concerns as evidence of “helicopter parenting.” The brain research is hard to track, let alone make sense of. After dealing with my own family’s problems, I came to the conclusion that what is most needed is a 24/7 parent-focused source for evidence-based psychological information. It should do online what the parent-to-parent consumer movement is doing in many communities: offering support and relief for the tough job of loving a kid with a mental health challenge. This blog is a place to ask questions about difficult topics. You won’t get a diagnosis, but I will let you know what the latest science has to say about your child’s or perhaps your  mental health issue and tell you about the best sources for more information and/or treatment options.

NEW on Mental Health Mom Blog: Ten Self-Tests to Help Parents Discern Symptoms in themselves or a child.

Take for example….teen depression. Many parents remain confused about the possible ties between antidepressants and teen suicides after an FDA warning was issued in 2003. The largest study looking into this link (TADS) showed in 2007 that by adding a form of talk therapy called CBT to antidepressant medication, teenagers improved the most and lessened their chance of suicidal thinking.

And then there is this fascinating finding from an ongoing Columbia University study: when depressed mothers of depressed children received effective treatment for their depression, a majority of the children also showed dramatic improvement—without receiving direct treatment. Depression is a family illness, so best treated as a family.

3 responses to “A Mother Knows

  1. Great content on website. Very well written and explained. Will bookmark site to visit again.

  2. Many thanks for the sources of your website ! I have a daughter who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2003 ! I thought it was just a phase but came to realize it was a mental illness now, from the many resources & Educating myself about the illness. Living in a remote rural farming area we have not much support only by our local community center, we have only just begun to have a team of workers working with my daughter, she has had 3 psychiatrists all left & she is presently on a waiting list for another psychiatrist, they stay a couple of months & leave. When will we ever see the light, it is unreal what we as parents have to put up with & we persue for only the Best for our daughter!!

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