Most young parents are concerned about everything when it comes to their children – their health, their schedules, the toys they play with, and of course, their development. Parents want their children to behave appropriately, and meet their “milestones.” Sometimes, however, you may notice that your child is not sitting during “circle time,” or seems cranky more than expected. Every child is different and sometimes parents begin to question if their child is “okay” or not. When these behaviors persist, parents may wonder if their child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one of the most common disorders affecting children. 

ADHD_post.jpegChildren are often not identified as having ADHD until they are in school, but children as young as three or four can be tested for ADHD. The main characteristics associated with ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Left untreated, those with ADHD can struggle with organization, sitting still, and maintaining focus, which impacts their ability to learn and maintain relationships. While there is no cure for ADHD and children do not “outgrow” ADHD, early intervention and treatment can significantly help those with...

officeblog.jpegToday is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is mental health in the workplace. One in four Americans will experience a mental illness this year, and in workplaces where stigma prevents employees from recognizing their own symptoms or seeking treatment, the economic cost is staggering for all of us.

Mental illness and substance use disorders cost employers an estimated $225.8 billion dollars in lost productivity and increased accidents each year. These losses not only come from absenteeism, but from lost productivity from employees who show up to work, but are not focused or engaged.

When employers are intentional about addressing mental illness and improving mental health, they see an increase in productivity and a decrease in losses.

So, how can employers improve mental health in the workplace?

  • Encourage mental health breaks. Folks who are able to clear their heads or chat with friends during the work day are ultimately happier and more productive. Friendships are easy to foster and maintain when there are opportunities to eat lunch together or take a short walk across campus. Encourage your team to take a few minutes to themselves throughout the workday so they can...

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression, not a physical illness, is the leading cause of disability worldwide. And annually, a global cost of one trillion dollars can be attributed to depression and medical conditions linked to depression. This doesn’t even account for the dozens of other mental health diagnoses out there.

Clearly, mental health has an impact on the workplace. So, how can you start broaching the subject of mental health at the office? How do you talk to your colleagues or even your supervisors about something like your mental health diagnosis?

It can be hard to decide whether or not to disclose your mental health diagnosis at work. But, disclosing could lead to positive outcomes, like being moved from one project to another, or receiving accommodations that will help you work to your full potential.

If you do decide to talk about your mental health with someone at work, try these tips:

  1. Know that you don’t need to share every detail. You don’t even need to share your exact diagnosis with your boss or HR department. When talking with someone at work, only share what you’re comfortable sharing; you can be vague with the details. You are...

It’s an illness. It’s an illness. I kept repeating that over and over to remind myself that what my boyfriend had was real. He was in a real psychiatric hospital suffering from a real mental health diagnosis. It wasn’t just something “in his head.” Yet, I didn’t know how to talk about it with others. When he is in the hospital, what do I tell people when they invite us out to dinner? What do I tell my parents when they ask a casual question like, “How is Tom doing?”

You shouldn’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed to talk to others about your loved one. You also shouldn’t feel that you need to share everything. And most importantly, you should have a conversation with your loved one to discuss how much they are OK with you sharing.

When sharing, here a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Be straightforward. Your loved one is sick. Talk about the mental health diagnosis like you would any other illness, including treatment and progress.
  2. Be comfortable. Share only what you and your loved one want others to know – if you’re not comfortable sharing details, don’t.
  3. strong_and_proud.pngBe strong. We are still fighting the stigma surrounding mental health, and unfortunately, that may mean...

Parents love to talk about their kids. We talk about their accomplishments, but sometimes we need to speak out when they are not at their best. As a parent of a child with mental illness or special needs, it is important to advocate for our children. We must strive to let them know that they are strong, and that it is ok to talk about their mental health. It is up to us as parents to teach them to be proud of themselves.

In order to advocate for your child and to give them these tools, you may have to talk about their mental health condition. Finding those words may seem intimidating at first. Talking about your child’s mental health should feel comfortable to you, be on your terms, and be no different than talking about their physical health. If your child had a peanut allergy or asthma, you would let others know to help protect your child, make sure they were safe, and gather support from others. Let their mental health condition be no different.

Need some help getting started? Here are some tips for talking about your child’s mental health condition:

  1. Prepare. Many say that practice makes perfect, and it is true. If you are nervous about sharing personal information about your...

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