After giving an informative overview of what life is like for children and young people with BDD as well as their families, the book provides many excellent tips for parents on how to seek and provide effective support.
About the book
After giving an informative overview of what life is like for children and young people with BDD as well as their families, the book provides many excellent tips for parents on how to seek and provide effective support. Additionally, it highlights the importance of self-care for parents. Raising a child with any mental health issue is a difficult task. Parents play an important part in their children’s coping with BDD. The book recognises the complexity of the emotions linked with the expectations put on these parents. Remaining positive, maintaining hope and overcoming setbacks is an important part of parents’ ability to be a protective factor on the path of recovery from BDD.
The book discusses various levels of support that should be provided for children and young people struggling with BDD. The authors highlight that support starts in the home and they list strategies and conversation starters for parents to have a meaningful conversation with their child. Some of these strategies focus on active listening, being non-judgemental and being realistic.
The book then moves on to support through educational settings. BDD can have a severe impact on education. Issues around attendance, school refusal and discontinuing education as well as the factors that play a role in these are discussed. aising awareness for BDD in schools and involving relevant professionals, such as educational psychologists is an important part of the support aimed at improving the school experience of children and young people with BDD
The authors produced a leaflet informed by young people’s narrative. The leaflet aims to show what young people do and do not find helpful in a school environment. It can be downloaded from the BDD Foundation website.
Finally, the authors explore recommended evidence-based treatments for BDD, such as BDD-specific Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention as well as antidepressants (SSRIs). The authors provide a good description of what treatment might look like and the way to access it.
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