Real Life Experience

Recognising early signs of a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition can shape the way your child experiences the world and how they understand themselves – the importance of early intervention by parents cannot be underestimated.

The short films below feature real-life accounts from children and young people with neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. Some feature young adults, retrospectively looking at what the early signs of their mental health condition were, and what they or their parents could’ve done to handle it in a more beneficial way. As a parent, this gives you an insight into what your child may be experiencing and how to notice if your child has a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition.

There are also films featuring the experiences of parents with neurodivergent children and what they do to help their child. If you are a parent of a neurodivergent child or suspect your child has a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition, these videos can be really useful in helping you not feel alone.

TW – some images and content may be upsetting or disturbing. The films below are not intended to be watched by children.

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Understanding Self-Harm

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. It can be the acute reaction people turn to when they feel they have no other option.

Self-harm affects more people than you might think. It is estimated that between 10%-20% of all people self-harm at some point during their lifetime. It is hard to gather exact figures due to the stigma surrounding self-harm, and because people try to hide their wounds, scars and bruises.

The average age of the first incident of self-harm is around 12/13, though the rate of self-harm among younger children (aged 9-12) in the UK has increased in the last ten years.

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Emily’s journey to recovery from Self-Harm

As this film explains, pressure to succeed, feelings of guilt and deep and strong emotions that need to be resolved, can lead someone to self-harm but that only acts as a momentary release.

Talking to someone to share worries can be a great help.

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Bulimia in Young People: Susannah’s story

Aged 10 Susannah became worried about her body image leading to dieting, weight loss, self-harm and bulimia. In this 9-minute film she relates her experience with eating disorders. She began to realise that others had similar experiences and how sharing stories helps recovery.

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Boys get Anorexia too

Eating disorders are more commonly associated with girls. Boys who develop these problems are often misdiagnosed. In this 6-minute film, Jenny Langley, author of ‘Boys Get Anorexia Too’ talks about her experience when her son developed an eating disorder.

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Autism Spectrum Condition in Children Information Film

This film explains how to recognise and help a child who shows the symptoms of Autism Spectrum Condition. (ASC)

The film focuses on children who may be very able and whose condition may not be readily apparent, especially girls, as they are particularly good at ‘masking’ symptoms. The film also highlights how people with Autism Spectrum Condition can also develop mental health conditions.

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PTSD and Me : Real Life Child Mental Health Experiences

Please note – some images and content may be upsetting or disturbing. This film is not intended to be watched by children.

This short film features real life accounts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by young people. Through their words we see the importance of early intervention by parents and teachers.

Exposure to traumatic events is very common in young people. After a trauma a child may feel distressed, tearful or in shock. In most cases they will recover well with family support but if these feelings persist, they may have developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Nip in the Bud strongly believes that early intervention and support for children ensures far better outcomes.

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OCD and Me: Real Life Child Mental Health Experiences

In this film Olivia gives an honest and detailed account of her personal experience of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which she had since the age of eight but wasn’t diagnosed till she was 15.  It is an eye opener and should be watched by everyone who wants to understand what a person with OCD constantly goes through.

People may think that OCD is all about washing, checking, cleaning. These Repetitive Behaviours that we can see, are called Compulsions or Rituals. But what people cannot see are the Intrusive Thoughts which are called Obsessions. They are like a bully in the person’s head that keeps nagging that harm is going to come to them or to their loved ones if they do not complete the compulsions.

Nip in the Bud strongly believes that early intervention and support for children ensures far better outcomes.

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Depression and Me: Real Life Child Mental Health Experiences

Please note – some images and content may be upsetting or disturbing. This film is not intended to be watched by children.

This short film features real life accounts of Depression experienced by young people. Through their words we see the importance of early intervention by parents and teachers.

A child with depression can experience problems not just with how they feel, but also how they behave. Depression in children is treatable, but often young people are not recognised as being depressed so they don’t get the right help.

Nip in the Bud strongly believes that early intervention and support for children ensures far better outcomes.

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Raising a Child with ODD and ADHD

ODD stands for Oppositional Defiant Disorder. It is a conduct disorder. Children with ODD frequently have severe temper tantrums, do things that annoy people, argue, defy adults’ requests, seem angry and spiteful and blame others for their own misbehaviour.

Find out more about Conduct Disorders in Children, read and download our Fact sheet, or watch more real life experience films.

Celina’s daughter has ADHD. But Celina describes how the ADHD feeds Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and it is the ODD that affects her daughter the most. ODD is the most common Conduct Disorder in children 10 years and under.

Celina explains the challenges of her daughter’s behaviour which present both at school and at home. They must explore ways for her to remain at school and for them to have a settled home life.

Conduct Disorders are the most common mental and behavioural problem in children and young people. (7% in boys and 3% in girls).

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Parenting a child with OCD: Kitty

Kitty and her husband Daniel co-founded the charity Nip in the Bud. In primary school their daughter often worried about harm coming to herself and others.  She was finally diagnosed with OCD when she was 16. Their daughter is happily married, with a lovely child and a successful career, but the OCD continues to affect her life.  If there had been more information about OCD in those days and it had been nipped in the bud when she was nine years old, the condition would not have become entrenched.

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