When kids with mental illness can’t live at home

Excerpt from the Washington Post
By Kelly Burch January 31, 2017

When Randi Silverman, of Westchester County, N.Y., became concerned about her son’s extreme anxiety, she sought the help of his school psychiatrist. However, she was told that her son was fine and that she was the one in need of treatment.

“That was my first experience thinking maybe they’re right,” Silverman says. “I didn’t know kids could have any type of mental health condition. Clearly I am doing something wrong here.”

That doubt distracted from her son’s illness (ultimately diagnosed as bipolar disorder) and led to delays in treatment, says Silverman, who later made her family’s story into a film and founded the Youth Mental Health Project.

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