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Living with Childhood Mental Illness

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Living with Childhood Mental Illness

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2005 fellow Gerri Shaftel produced this report on one family in Stevenson Ranch who shared their experience of having a child with mental illness.

Living with Childhood Mental Illness
SoCal families share their personal stories.
<a href="">KTTV FOX 11 News</a>
Monday, September 21, 2009

Stevenson Ranch ( - A Stevenson Ranch family is opening up about its ongoing ordeal with childhood mental illness in hopes of bringing greater awareness to the issue.

Meet the Wohlenberg family, which is helping others by documenting its story on-air and online, in the report in the video player.

You can also find out more about how families are dealing with severe childhood mental illness in mom Jennifer Wohlenberg's blog:

For a closer look at full-blown childhood schizophrenia, you can read Michael and Susan Scholfield's blogs at and, respectively.

The Schofields were the subject of several stories in the Los Angeles Times. Their 7-year-old daughter January has early-onset schizophrenia.

For more on bipolar disorder in kids, you can also visit the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation at

We also invite you to see more mental health resources featured here on our website.

Video from: FOX 11 News

Video Story Producer: Gerri Shaftel

Reporter: Carlos Amezcua

Posted by: Scott Coppersmith