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Questions tagged [mental-health]

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being of children or parents.

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How to choose a psychologist to do a psychoeducational assessment?

I am trying to choose a psychologist to do a psychoeducational assessment of an 8 year old with no diagnosis but with attention issues. I have received a dozen or so glowing recommendations from ...
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My 17-year-old daughter gets excellent grades but shows little interest in socializing or getting a job

My 17 year old does outstanding academic work in high school. She ranks #3 or #4 out of 160 students. She sings in school and church choirs and has taken part in game-show type activities at the ...
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I walked in on my 18-year-old pooping herself [closed]

Really worried about my 18 year old, she has a lot of mental health issues due to being adopted. Her mom was abusive physically and verbally and left her alone in a house for the first two years of ...
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Three-year-old back from 3-night hospital stay

Our son recently returned home following three nights in the hospital with pneumonia. He's healthy, but the experience seems to have changed him, at least temporarily: He spent his entire time in ...
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15 months old toddler reacts strongly to cough

I have a fifteen-months-old nephew who reacts strongly when people around him cough or make unwanted loud noises (i.e. sneeze). His reaction is often staring at the whoever made the noise, screaming ...
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10 year old's screen time: Studies and/or Government recommendations?

My question is: I'm trying to find current (it's 2017) Government body recommendations, Medical/health/science organization recommendations or perhaps studies, on screen time daily hour use limits ...
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What to do about my boyfriend's 6-year-old who behaves very badly when away from his parents?

My boyfriend has a 6-year-old boy for whom he has primary custody over. He visits his mother for the summer, some holidays, talks to her via Skype and on the phone. He seems to have a very loving and ...
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What to do with an adult child with a mental illness and drug taking

Family history We have a strong family history of suicide, mental illness and drug addiction. My brother had died (the coroner stated suicide) two years after my husband died. He was a crystal meth ...
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Possibly long-lasting trauma as a newborn?

Do you know of any studies on effects of traumatic events on newborns? Can they be long-lasting? If yes, when would it make sense to think of some help (e.g., therapy)? Situation: Three days after ...
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How to ask dad to back down re new diagnosis (ADD)

So there's an interesting situation that I have with my dad. I'm going to try to explain it as clearly as I can. This should be on-topic here, as per https://parenting.meta.stackexchange.com/a/227. A ...
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How do I tell my best friend that he is mentally abusing his small child [closed]

I have a friend who is a wonderful father.He has 2 small children; a boy (4) and a girl (16 months). He tries really hard with his children and is the primary caregiver for his children. He also ...
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When you are not allowed to protect your child [closed]

This is written from the standpoint of protecting your child from the other parent who has visitation rights. It's wrong to portray them negatively to your child so how can one cope? Heres a ...
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Strong-willed, 14 year old. Caught with e-cigarette paraphernalia and a condom

My 14yr old son, youngest of 4 (other 3 are triplets), has always been a very strong-willed kid. Over the years we have been able to channel that will thru his love of soccer. He plays a very ...
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6 y/o hates himself, everyone and threatens suicide and violence

I'm a single parent of 2 kids ages 11 and 9. 16 months ago, I started dating my current girlfriend. She has 4 boys ages 6-11. Her and her ex have been divorced almost 5 years and they share custody so ...
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Which is more important for a baby: keep the baby happy or keep the baby healthy

Let me illustrate with some examples: A 5 month old wants to be held to sleep, and will cry hard if you put her down even for 1 min. She's clearly unhappy when not being held to sleep. Assuming no ...
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Is my granddaughter Transgender? [closed]

I am a grandma who loves her granddaughter immensely. She moved out of her mother's house because they didn't get a long and she was emotionally abusive to her. I took her in and I didn't mind it ...
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Why does this special tune makes my 2.5 year old daughter sad?

A few weeks ago my daughter saw a turtle toy being used by some other kid in kindergarten. She asked us to buy her one too and so just before Christmas, we bought one. This is the kind of turtle toy ...
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Research on post-partum depression, child behavior and effective treatment?

My daughter experienced severe post-partum depression after her first birth. She took part in a PPD program and with treatment, she improved. Her son, now 9, has a history is extremely aggressive ...
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How to convince mom to throw out large amounts of garbage she brought home? [closed]

We live in the 3-room apartment in a big story building. A few years ago, mom started to collect large amount of clothes and different useless items, that other people were throwing out of their home (...
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My girlfriend has mentioned disowning her 14 y/o transgender daughter

My girlfriend's 14 year old daughter came out to me as a girl on a bike ride when her mother wasn't there. I fully accept her and gladly refer to her by her chosen name ('Emily' for the purposes of ...
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Is it okay to leave a 6-month-old with her grandparents to go on a week-long vacation?

Our baby is almost 6 months old, and we have a week-long vacation booked for 2 days from now. Suddenly, my mom got really scared because a friend told her that a baby left alone at this age (6-18 ...
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How to deal with a narcisstic mother? [closed]

I have a friend in his mid-teens who recently realized that his mother is a narcissist and he thinks she suffers from severe narcissism. This has been troubling him and he tells me that he doesn't ...
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Help explain emotionally unstable Aunt to 5yr old

After a difficult marriage my elderly parents have divorced, they're in their 70's. My sister and I are in our 40's She seems to have forgotten how difficult our father was, and seems to blame my ...
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11-year old having recurring nightmares about killing people she knows. Should I be worried?

She says it's like she's a different person in her dreams, cruel and almost sociopath, and the people she loves in real life are out to get her, and to escape she has to kill all of them (and ...
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Are there adverse effects on a baby to see their parent talking to a toy?

I have a small cuddly bear from very young and have had it for over 20 years. I have it on my pillow every night and talk to it just like I do to a pet cat. I have a very close bond to it and can't ...
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Could I have damaged my unborn baby in the womb?

I'm an intelligent and educated woman. I'm currently studying towards a Masters in Neuropsychology. On my reading list are books like 'early life origins of human health and disease' and 'only one ...
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What are the outcomes of highly unusual community outreach to young children?

I can't think of a way to better title this question. My question is a direct response to a recent news event. You can read the article online. Here's the scenario: A child with a condition ...
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Is crying healthy for babies when they get our companionship?

Our son is approximately 2 months old, and he has problems sleeping at night (he cries like any other baby). My concern is about letting him cry while he's on my chest or in my arms while I give him ...
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Is there a downside to giving a preschooler band-aids when he doesn't really need them?

Our preschooler (3 1/2 years old) demands a band-aid for every minor injury, whether he's actually bleeding or not. I've tried discussing the actual purpose of an adhesive bandage (keeping a wound ...
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Is it okay to call children naughty?

Inspired by this question: Should our 3 year old boy be made to look at me while I am talking (during discipline)? In this question, the word "naughty" is repeatedly used to describe a child. I ...
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Explaining mental illness to children

We have a relative with some sort of undiagnosed mental illness who (among other symptoms) compulsively cleans everything regularly with fairly strong bleach. Her fear of germs and infection is the ...
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How can I help my daughter's depression?

My daughter is a freshman in college and was sexually assaulted/raped on campus about 7 months ago. I noticed some cuts on her wrist when she was home last weekend and she admitted that she is cutting ...
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Can putting a one year old baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, cause any psychological issues to the baby?

I and my partner both work in software companies. There are only two of us living together. So, if we put the baby in a playschool for around 7 hours, daily, after he is one year old, can it cause ...