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Tag Archives: kids
The chasm is bigger than I ever imagined…
Parents of kids with mental health conditions are especially prone to be stigmatized at church because of the lingering belief among many in the Christian community that mental illness is a byproduct of sin, kids who struggle with managing emotions and maintaining self-control are the product of parents who are ineffective or indifferent and much of the mental health profession can’t be trusted. Continue reading
Posted in Advocacy, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Mental Health, Resources Tagged 24 Hours of Hope, AACAP, church, families, Focus on the Family, Inclusion, Key Warren, kids, Lifeway, mental illness, Mental Illness Awareness Week, ministry resources, Saddleback Church, Snappin' Ministries, stigma 3 Comments
The enduring effects of trauma and abuse in childhood
Christians…and the church can have an enormous impact through helping children to grow up in loving and supportive homes that offer protection (to the degree possible) from toxic stress. Continue reading
Why is trauma more traumatizing for some kids?
Today, we’ll take a look at risk factors for PTSD in kids following a potentially traumatic event… Continue reading
Posted in Key Ministry, Mental Health, PTSD, Resources Tagged AACAP, children's ministry, Facts For Families, Key Ministry, kids, mental health, PTSD, risk factors, trauma, youth ministry 2 Comments
When should we question if our child is getting the right treatment?
There’s an opportunity cost to ineffective treatment. If treatment is not helping, it’s probably hurting…if it’s preventing your child from having access to a more effective treatment.
Posted in Advocacy, Families, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged ineffective treatment, Key Ministry, kids, medication, mental illness, teens, therapy Leave a comment
How long will my child need medication?
We’d like to think that medication can be a temporary tool to help kids through a rough patch of development. Sometimes that’s true. Sometimes it’s not. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Families, Mental Health Tagged ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Disability Ministry, Inclusion, Key Ministry, kids, medication, teens 1 Comment
Why does it seem so many kids are on medication?
Should we be surprised so many kids are prescribed medication given what we know about the design of our mental health care delivery systems, our expectations for academic performance, the breakdown of so many families and the values of our culture? I think not. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Depression, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged academics, ADHD, broken families, kids, medication, mental health delivery system, Parents, productivity, questions, trauma 2 Comments
Ten Questions About Kids and Medication Lecture CANCELED. Here’s the alternate plan…
Since there was lots of interest in the topic of frequently asked questions about kids and medication , I’ll cover each of the questions I’d planned to address during the lecture in a blog series we’ll run through July, following our current series on the changes in diagnostic criteria included in the DSM-5. Continue reading
Posted in Controversies, Families, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Resources Tagged kids, lecture, medications, Parents, psychiatry, teens Leave a comment
Upcoming Presentation…Ten Questions Parents Often Ask About Kids and Medication
Here are the questions related to kids and medication I’m planning to discuss…
How Money Influences Children’s Mental Health Care…The 15 Minute Medication Visit
Today’s post looking at financial practices influencing children’s mental health care is the second in a series on Hot Topics in Children’s Mental Health we’re offering in recognition of Mental Health Month, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12), … Continue reading
The Shootings in Chardon
We as parents are doing a very poor job of raising kids whose actions reflect the values we profess to hold and demonstrate the resilience to navigate a hostile culture. Continue reading
Posted in Families, Uncategorized Tagged Chardon High School, cruelty, families, kids, Parents, resilience, shooting 3 Comments