This is a thoughtful article, published from Psychology Today, by an adult who has struggled with mental illness since childhood. His advice to parents is simple and heartfelt. Read the article here.
Remember that it is important to find a provider who understands not only your child’s challenges in dealing with mental health and behavioral issues, but how those issues are affecting you as their parent and also your entire family. Every family is different and each family deserves to have their unique strengths and challenges taken into account when providing services to children who have mental illness, trauma, or behavioral problems.