Real Life Experience

If you are a parent of a neurodivergent child, or suspect your child has a neurodevelopmental or mental health condition, these real-life experience videos can help you know you’re not alone. Recognising the early signs of a mental health or neurodevelopmental 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.

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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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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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.

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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.

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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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Raising a child with autism: Carrie and David

Carrie and David describe how their happy child began to feel excluded and different when they started school. The outside world is so structured towards the neurotypical that it was causing a lot of damage to Tylan, who is autistic.

It is a misnomer that autistic children are not sociable.  They want to be able to have all kinds of friends. But if they are excluded and don’t fit in anywhere, this leads to feelings of isolation, sadness and depression.

Tylan finally came into her own when they became an actor playing an autistic character for Hollyoaks. The company and other cast members were determined to understand Tylan. They constantly change the environment around them and make adjustments to suit Tylan’s needs. As a result, Tylan has flourished.

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Growing up with Autism: Tylan

Tylan felt alienated at school, thinking everything they did was wrong. Having a diagnosis of autism helped them but they developed anxiety, felt overwhelmed, had sensory overload and preferred to be alone rather than with people who didn’t understand them. Tylan then developed clinical depression which didn’t allow them to see how things could get better or how they could succeed in life.

Tylan’s job at Hollyoaks, where many adjustments were made to suit their needs, allowed them to flourish.

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Living with Autism: Dan and Charlie

In this film Dan explains his 9 year old son Charlie’s behaviour and how he came to receive his autism diagnosis. Dan describes the family dynamics, how best to manage Charlie, what his strengths are and future prospects. Charlie gives an insight into being autistic and shares his thoughts and feelings.

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Anxiety 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 Anxiety experienced by young people. Through their words we see the importance of early intervention by parents and teachers.

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

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Further information:

These short films 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.