Episode 71 – When Your Child Has A Mental Health Disorder

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Did you still have questions after our last episode on child therapy? Has your child been struggling? What if your child has an actual mental health diagnosis?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their thoughts on children and mental health diagnoses.

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Summary

  • What should you do if your child is struggling?
  • What long-term actions should you be taking?
  • What behavior issues can come with mental health diagnoses?

What should you do if your child is struggling?

  • Don’t wait to seek help!
  • Combinations of disorders can begin to take hold if you continue to wait.
  • Normalize seeking help/asking for help.

What long-term actions should you be taking?

  • Seek specialized care if your child needs more support.
  • Develop strategies your child is able to respond to.
  • Don’t stigmatize your kid!

What behavior issues can come with mental health diagnoses?

  • An uptick in stress for you and your child.
  • Overthinking your parenting.
  • Struggle in other relationships because you’re afraid to leave the house/your child’s side.

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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