Friday, August 18, 2017

PARENT RESOURCES

This section provides alternative views of how children in distress and difficulty and children whose behaviors are deemed unacceptable may be helped. It takes an essentially skeptical view of the current system of “diagnosing and treating mental disorders” and points parents in the direction of a variety of resources that may serve them. Nothing presented should be construed as medical advice. If you would like to point us in the direction of a resource that you think might be of value to parents (e.g. a blog post, an article, a service, an organization, etc.) please email us at emaisel@madinamerica.com.

Mad in America provides many other resources of interest to parents, educators, practitioners, legislators, change agents and anyone interested in children’s mental health and in mental health reform. These resources include information on psychiatric drug side effects and withdrawal, the risks of taking psychiatric medication during pregnancy, and other valuable information. Please explore this page to access these resources.

Eric Maisel is the curator of Mad in America’s Parent Resources Section. He is a retired family therapist and active coach, the author of 50+ books, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. His books include The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety, Life Purpose Boot Camp and his latest, Overcoming Your Difficult Family.

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The Penalty for Squirming

The most common “mental disorder” to anoint a child with nowadays is “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” This is the “diagnosis” you get if you squirm. The diagnosis naturally comes in different flavors—you can be “predominantly impulsive,” “predominantly inattentive,” and so on—and these different flavors exist so as to make sure that every possible feature of childhood is captured by one label or another.

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