Talking About Your Family History of Mental Illness
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Talking About Your Family History of Mental Illness
- Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- Depersonalization Disorder: Living in a Dream World on HealthyPlace Radio
- Coaching The Preschooler With ADHD
- Mental Health Experiences
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
Did your parents ever have "the talk" with you? Have you had "the big talk" with your children? No, I don’t mean the "sex talk." I’m talking about discussing your family’s history of mental illness.
Shawn Maxam, author of "The Bipolar Griot" blog on HealthyPlace, shares his recent conversation with relatives about mental illness in his family. He says it left him feeling empowered knowing he wasn't the only family member with a mental illness.
I want to take it one step further. It's important to share your and your family's history of mental illness with your children for these two reasons:
- To help them understand why mommy, daddy, grandpa, or aunt Betty behave the way they do.
- And even more important than that, they are prepared for the possibility that they may have a mental illness too or their children may develop a mental illness.
Research has shown there is genetic component to bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and some anxiety disorders. You may be thinking, "well, my child doesn't have any signs of a mental illness right now." That may be true. However, signs of mental illness may not appear until late teen years or later in adulthood. Don't leave your child clueless and having to suffer, not knowing what is going on. Arm your child with the knowledge he or she needs to manage any future mental health problems. If you have a mental illness, you know how important that conversation can be. Have it with your child today and keep filling in the details in followup conversations.
On the HealthyPlace Facebook page, our "Question of the Day" is: Has your family openly discussed your family's history of mental illness? or is that a taboo subject in your house? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge.
Related Mental Illness Information
- How Do You Know If You Have A Mental Illness?
- What To Do If You Have A Mental Illness
- Coming to Terms with a Family Member's Mental Illness
- Childhood Psychiatric Disorders
- Comprehensive Articles on Mental Illness (40+ articles on mental illness and mental health provide an in-depth overview.)
Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget
Over 50 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click "Get Widget" at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You'll also see embed links for Wordpress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Overidentification with Bipolar
- Gaslighters Seek to Destroy Your Sanity
- Social Anxiety in Children: Helping Children with Social Phobia
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).
You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.
If you have any questions, write us at: info AT healthyplace.com
Your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Unlearning Negative Thought Patterns (Coping with Depression Blog)
- Nightmares on Anxiety Sleep (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Homeland – Is it Good for Bipolar Disorder Awareness? (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- Family Conversations About Mental Illness: Memories, Stories and Family Histories (The Bipolar Griot Blog)
- What Do PTSD Symptoms Look Like? (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- How to Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals: The Post-It Challenge (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- You Are More Than Your Mental Illness Symptoms (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- How Much Time Alone is Too Much Time Alone? (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- From Mental Health Crisis to Reclaiming Your Future: The Clubhouse (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
- Facing My Addiction: Taking the Plunge (pt. 3) (More Than Borderline Blog)
- Giving Yourself The Mental Health Stamp Of Disapproval (Funny in the Head: A Mental Health Humor Blog)
- Developing Trust in Addiction Recovery (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Domestic Violence: Power Issue vs Gender Issue (Verbal Abuse and Relationships Blog)
- Safe Self-Injury Alternatives (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- The Gift of Eating Disorder Recovery (Surviving ED Blog)
- Preventing Violence with Schizophrenia (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
- Back to School is Up to You (Living with Adult ADHD Blog)
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Most of us never have the experience of feeling as if we are disconnected from our own body and mind, but if you are suffering from depersonalization disorder, that's exactly how you feel. Listen our interview with Jeffrey Abugel, as he describes what living with depersonalization disorder is like."
Having a very young child with ADHD and no prior experience parenting one, leaves many parents searching for answers on what to do. Not to worry. Our Parenting Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, offers parents some guidance on how to manage behaviors of ADHD kids.
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Staff, H. (2012, October 23). Talking About Your Family History of Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, June 27 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/talking-about-your-family-history-of-mental-illness