Mending Wounded Minds by Beth Henry
Seeking Help for a Mentally Ill Child

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When Beth married Mark, a divorced father of two troubled boys, she expected some minor blips on the child-rearing scene. However, she learned raising a child eventually deemed psychotic, schizophrenic, and homicidal was like living with a time bomb. Explosions were inevitable, but she never knew when and where the sparks would fly. Beth promised herself one thing when she and Mark were granted full custody of the boys: She would do everything in her power to help her stepsons.

This chilling true story details the six-year descent into madness of four-year-old Tommy and the serious emotional disturbance of three-year-old Bobby. In desperately seeking help for them, Beth becomes their advocate, creating an all-important teamwork approach between herself and therapists, social workers and psychiatrists.

The author also shares with readers how to become a positive advocate for a mentally ill child. Using real-life examples and positively focused, proven methods, this manual/guide bridges the gap that often exists between those in the mental health professions and anxious, worried parents.

About Beth Henry

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Beth Friday Henry has researched mental illness and interviewed mental health professionals for many years. In conjunction with a mental healthcare facility, she trains other parents in her advocacy methods and is forming a nationwide advocacy group and web site. She has published articles in mental health journals and is a member of the Cabarrus Center Community Council. A CFO and VP of Marketing for an interactive company, she resides in Concord, North Carolina with her family.
Published November 8, 2006 by New Horizon Press. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Stressing online research, accessing local resources, intense focus on the child's welfare and determination to advocate for that child (as well as for any nonmentally ill children in the home), Henry illumines an often terribly dark path, which many parents walk alone.

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