Entries by FMHH Team

Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families. Numerous challenges are associated with being a new stepparent. Some stepparents have an additional challenge: A member of their new family is mentally ill. This family member could be a stepchild or the new partner’s sibling.

Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families. Parenting isn’t always easy, but living as a stepparent can provide its own unique set of challenges. Stepparents often feel like outsiders, unsure of how they fit in within the more traditional family unit. Here are […]

Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Sept. 16, 2015 marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families. Divorce is difficult. Entering a new family as a step-parent is difficult. Children and adolescents can have an especially hard time adjusting to the presence of a new family member — or the absence of an […]

A mind of it’s own: understanding Kleptomania

Kleptomania is the inability for an individual to avoid stealing. It is an impulse control disorder, in which the sufferer is not able to utilize self control over their actions, regardless of the consequence. While this issue can be helped, many do not seek treatment for kleptomania out of shame or embarrassment.

Understanding Asperger’s syndrome

One of the most common forms of developmental disorder in children is Asperger’s syndrome. Since it is an autism spectrum disorder it exhibits similarities to autism but it also has important distinctions. Those with this condition are often able to function better than those with autism. This is because such children have more highly functioning […]