In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 300 children, nearly half under the age of 6, treated in emergency rooms each day as a result of poisoning injuries, typically from ingestion.
Our daughter Kiersten is 9, and along with the standard drama, trials and tribulations that accompany a pre-tween, our little lady faces the added daily stress of living with and worrying about siblings with serious issues.
Living with love, chaos and a child with a mental illness; Mental illness looks different on kids and often puts families in a bewildering path of faulty assumptions, confusing symptoms and changing game plans
Nick turns 21 in October, and the state believes that his overnight services no longer need to be funded. The state agencies currently support Nick and his needs as a minor. In a few months, Nick runs the risk of having all of this stripped away.
Anecdotal evidence suggests essential oils can curb everything from anxiety to restlessness in kids with special needs. We spoke with experts to investigate whether essential oils really offer the help that they claim to.