Tag Archives: NIMH

Trauma and Kids…a look at the numbers

The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence was a Federally-funded survey of 4,549 children between the ages of 0-17, conducted during 2008. Here are some of the key findings…
Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, PTSD | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Are the medications prescribed to kids and teens with mental illness safe?

o…what safety concerns associated with medications approved by the FDA for use in kids should be of greatest importance to parents? I’d suggest there are two big ones…along with considerations associated with specific drugs Continue reading

Posted in ADHD, Advocacy, Bipolar Disorder, Controversies, Families, Key Ministry, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)…A necessary response to the “bipolar” epidemic

Adding diagnostic criteria to the DSM-5 for DMDD is a significant plus for kids if the new guidelines help clinicians to be more thoughtful in evaluating kids with moodiness and irritability. Continue reading

Posted in ADHD, Controversies, Key Ministry, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

First impressions of the DSM-5

The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever. Indeed, symptom-based diagnosis, once common in other areas of medicine, has been largely replaced in the past half century as we have understood that symptoms alone rarely indicate the best choice of treatment. Continue reading

Posted in Controversies, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kids and Depression…What Does the Data Say?

Suicidal thinking and behavior is very common among youth with depression. Approximately 60% of teens diagnosed with depression will experience thoughts of suicide…30% have made one or more suicide attempts. Continue reading

Posted in Depression, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hot Topics: Why is effective mental health care for kids so hard to find?

Reflecting upon these observations, one barrier to kids receiving effective mental health care is that parents often lack an appreciation of the standard of care they should expect for their children. Another barrier is that many parents don’t know the right questions to ask to ensure that their kids get the treatment they need. Parents may be intimidated by the prospect of questioning professionals about their child’s care, especially when access to other qualified professionals is limited by geography or finances. An additional reality is that too many professionals treating kids aren’t especially competent or effective, but continue because the need is so great and alternatives are scarce in many communities.
Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Controversies, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Resources for Churches on Mental Illness

Barb invited me to share some resources that might be of help to church staff, pastors and volunteers who desire to minister more effectively to families impacted by mental illness. Here are five organizations worth checking out… Continue reading

Posted in Key Ministry, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment