This results in suboptimal health outcomes, wasted expenditures on medications and excess hospitalizations. Arauz points out that medication adherence is a challenge for patients with any illness—not just mental health disorders. For this reason, mental health care professionals should routinely check in with patients about their adherence rates. Researchers say this can be done through direct or indirect methods, including the following:
Any parent would be shocked and frightened if their child started talking about things that no one else could see or hear. However, keep in mind that you want your child to be open with you about these experiences, so that you can help them control their symptoms.
A child that is told "those things don't exist" or "that doesn't happen" with no opportunity for more discussion may just stop telling people about what they see. Try to respond in a way that leaves the door open for more communication. For example, if your child tells you about things they see or hear that aren't there, try saying "I'm sorry that happened to you - tell me what you see, and how you feel about it.
A child with a mental illness can have quite a hard time communicating about anything. Encourage and reward any communication they offer about their symptoms. Another thing that parents with mentally ill children have to deal with a lot is an excess of meltdowns or temper tantrums.
Theirs is a more difficult situation than the average parent, because: Parents can think of these children sometimes as kids with distractions; the sensory areas in their brains are getting overloaded, and it's overwhelming them.
A quiet, low-stress environment with a minimum of stimulation is helpful.
A simple daily routine can help keep children focused on one thing at a time, and keep them from getting overwhelmed. And, as one parent put it, "Reassurance, love What if my child needs an evaluation or treatment?
The first step, once you've determined your child's symptoms are severe enough to be worrisome, is to make a doctor's appointment. You can start with a regular pediatrician appointment, because generally it's standard to rule out a host of other disorders before you are referred to a psychiatrist.
The pediatrician should give your child a full check-up; in addition, you may want to get an EEG or MRI to rule out seizure disorders, and some lab tests to determine pituitary and thyroid function.
Before the first appointment, prepare some materials to discuss with the doctor. Keep a journal of symptoms and behaviors that you want to discuss see The Importance of Keeping a Diary on Schizophrenia. Make a list of questions that you want answered.
Received a Diagnosis - now what? Whatever diagnosis your child is given, whether it is schizophrenia or something else, know that there are many many parents out there with the same questions, concerns, and problems that you face.
There is a wealth of information and support available to you. Here are some things to try first: Educate yourself and your family and of course, your child as much as you can about the illness, the treatments, and long-term prospects. Greater understanding can help alleviate fears and can make communication, treatment programs, and day-to-day coping much easier.
See Recommended Books for a list of helpful, reviewed reading material. Build a support network as soon as you can of other families with similar experiences.
The discussion boards at schizophrenia. Also, consider taking a Family-to-Family class also through NAMIa free week education course designed for and taught by family caregivers of children with severe mental illnesses.
This class is highly recommended by many parents on schizophrenia. See the Family-to-Family website for more program information and class schedules Treatment options and questions: Prescription Medications - what to expect: Medication can greatly decrease symptoms and help a person return to a functional level; however, every case is unique, and medications are not perfect.
It will likely take a long, frustrating trial-and-error process before you and the doctors find a treatment regiment that works best for your child.
Keep track of every medication and at what dosage your child is on: A journal the same journal where you write down your child's symptoms and behaviors is an excellent place to do this.In its ongoing attempts to define, understand, and categorize disorders, and determine the best treatments, the medical specialty of psychiatry is always up against the deep complexity of the.
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In some cases, psychiatric medication may be a short-term aid taken only for a few months. In others, medication may be long-term, or even lifelong. Some people are afraid that taking a medication will change.
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