Children and Brain Disorders, Autism to Mental Illnessby Susan Moreno on Dec. 21, 2009, under brain disorders, General Mental Health, Health, mental illness, mental illness research, stigma
With such a huge response from my last blog about the increase of the Autism diagnosis in children I decided to write another post on children with brain disorders. Autism and mental illnesses are biological brain disorders and can cause much of the same issues within a family when trying to find proper treatment and support. Also, it can be tricky for a health care professional to diagnose a child with a mental health issue.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Southern Arizona sponsors a free, six session class for parents and caregivers of children with diagnosed or suspected mental illness called NAMI Basics. The next class begins January 12 and runs every Tuesday evening for six weeks at 6:30pm. In the class parents learn that it is not their fault and are taught various skills that can improve the day to day communications. Also, attendees learn how to keep accurate records on their child and what to expect as the child reaches adulthood. For information and to pre-register contact: Judi Maikoff, NAMI of Southern Arizona at 520-622-5582 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID) offers support groups and information for parents and caregivers as well as a youth group for children to be involved in. For more information visit their website at www.MIKID.org or call them at 520-882-0142