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Care for a Child With Mental Illness

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[[Category:Psychological Disorders]]
 
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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
#Get educated. Don't forget the Internet is a great place to get started for research. This is why getting educated is such an essential step and really the foundation of supporting your child suffering from a mental illness. Most family members can easily confuse mental illness with bad behavior especially in early childhood and adolescent years.[[Image:Care for a Child With Mental Illness Step 1.jpg|center]]
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#Get educated. Don't forget the Internet is a great place to get started for research. This is why getting educated is such an essential step and really the foundation of supporting your child suffering from a mental illness. Most family members can easily confuse mental illness with bad behavior especially in early childhood and adolescent years.
#* National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides programs such as Parents and Teachers as Allies which educates parents and other caregivers of children about the early on-set of childhood mental illness and NAMI Basics which is a course taught by trained teachers who provide information, tools, and coping techniques to best care for a child living with a mental illness. Both programs are free of charge and you can find more information about these programs by visiting <u>nami.org</u>  and finding your local NAMI. There are also some great books out there such as: <i style="">It’s Nobody’s Fault''  by Koplewicz (M.D.), Harold S., <i style="">More Than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child has Special Needs '' by Baskin, Amy & Heather Fawcett, and <i style="">Psychiatric Medications for Children: Medication and Treatment for Children & Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges '' by Perrin (M.D.), Mark.
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#* National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides programs such as Parents and Teachers as Allies which educates parents and other caregivers of children about the early on-set of childhood mental illness and NAMI Basics which is a course taught by trained teachers who provide information, tools, and coping techniques to best care for a child living with a mental illness. Both programs are free of charge and you can find more information about these programs by visiting <u>nami.org</u>  and finding your local NAMI. There are also some great books out there such as: ''It’s Nobody’s Fault''  by Koplewicz (M.D.), Harold S., ''More Than a Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child has Special Needs '' by Baskin, Amy & Heather Fawcett, and ''Psychiatric Medications for Children: Medication and Treatment for Children & Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges'' by Perrin (M.D.), Mark.
#  Find support and be supportive. Being a parent/caregiver to a child suffering from mental illness can be a complex job and surrounding yourself with others who empathize can be very comforting. Support groups are also helpful when it comes to finding out resources, advice, and advocacy. Remember taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your child during this time. Providing a stable schedule and environment for your child is also recommended as this can assist in improving their mental illness. Things such as ensuring your child has a consistent eating and sleeping schedule, a low stress environment, doing something that they enjoy for at least 30 minutes a day, and going outside and being active can help stabilize symptoms. [[Image:Care for a Child With Mental Illness Step 2.jpg|center]]
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#  Find support and be supportive. Being a parent/caregiver to a child suffering from mental illness can be a complex job and surrounding yourself with others who empathize can be very comforting. Support groups are also helpful when it comes to finding out resources, advice, and advocacy. Remember taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your child during this time. Providing a stable schedule and environment for your child is also recommended as this can assist in improving their mental illness. Things such as ensuring your child has a consistent eating and sleeping schedule, a low stress environment, doing something that they enjoy for at least 30 minutes a day, and going outside and being active can help stabilize symptoms. 
# Learn how to talk to them and other caregivers. Communication is key. Communicating with your child’s psychologist, counselors, and teachers are crucial. By working together, you are able to improve your child’s recovery, especially since the child can sometimes mask symptoms at school and convey them more at home and vice versa. Also, keep open communication with your child, see how they are feeling, be active in their lives, know what is going on in school such as homework and friends, and ask them how their medications are working and if adjustments are needed.[[Image:Care for a Child With Mental Illness Step 3.jpg|center]]
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# Learn how to talk to them and other caregivers. Communication is key. Communicating with your child’s psychologist, counselors, and teachers are crucial. By working together, you are able to improve your child’s recovery, especially since the child can sometimes mask symptoms at school and convey them more at home and vice versa. Also, keep open communication with your child, see how they are feeling, be active in their lives, know what is going on in school such as homework and friends, and ask them how their medications are working and if adjustments are needed.
#  Be realistic. Understand that having a child suffering from a mental illness you need to develop a ‘new normal’. Make sure your child is not overwhelmed and that the family unit has realistic expectations. Be patient with your child and work with them month to month or day to day on their illness, this is a step by step process and be realistic on what they can handle and make sure your child has realistic expectations for themselves as well.[[Image:Care for a Child With Mental Illness Step 4.jpg|center]]
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#  Be realistic. Understand that having a child suffering from a mental illness you need to develop a ‘new normal’. Make sure your child is not overwhelmed and that the family unit has realistic expectations. Be patient with your child and work with them month to month or day to day on their illness, this is a step by step process and be realistic on what they can handle and make sure your child has realistic expectations for themselves as well.
   
 
== Related wikiHows ==
 
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== References ==
 
== References ==
*http://www.nami.org/<br>
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*http://www.nami.org/


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