Interview with Kim Hix

Monday, March 2, 2009.

Most people are likely to pretend that mental and emotional health issues do not affect them or their loved ones. Yet, whether you’re prepared to admit it or not, mental and emotional health problems do exist in children.

Kim Hix wrote the book No One is Perfect and YOU Are a Great Kid as a gift to her son, Zack, who struggles with ever changing moods, severe anxiety and Tourettes Disorder. He was diagnosed at age four. He’s now thirteen.

This is an interview we would have done under any circumstance. As it turns out, we’re doing this interview as part of Kim Hix’s blog tour: our first blog-tour experience. Kim paid Women on Writing to arrange the tour and, in exchange for our participation, Just One More Book!! was listed on the February edition of the WOW! Women on Writing website and newsletter.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, author Kim Hix talks about her son Zack’s mental health disorders, the confidence of her family to embrace the person Zack is and helping to raise awareness of mental and emotional health in children through her book.

More on emotional health in children’s books on JOMB:

Photo from Intense Kids, Great Kids photos.

4 Comments »

Comment by Melinda Stanley

March 2, 2009 @ 8:54 am

What a great idea for a book. It’s so sad that children suffer from these disorders but I’m glad to know that someone is writing in order to change the way they feel.

Great post!

Comment by Marvin D Wilson

March 2, 2009 @ 10:58 am

Wonderful interview and podcast. I applaud you for what you are doing and feel joy that Zack was given the good fortune to have been born unto a mother that will go to these lengths to make his life as blessed as possible. Really looking forward to doing a feature post on you and your book and cause on my Free Spirit blog!

Comment by christine tripp

March 3, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

I MUST applaude Kim. Having been there with my 10 year old, who didn’t get treatment until she was 13, when she attempted suicide and I took her to CHEO, I so GET IT!
Yes, unfortunately the adult world thinks, “what does a child have to be depressed about?” as if mental illness is brought on by a “situation”! Sadly, we have woven this idea that the brain, just another organ of the body, like a speen, like a liver, is the human soul, a spirit and it can NOT be touched by disease. For some reason the heart can be unhealthy but the brain is above all that. Excuse me but dysect a human body and… no, it’s no different then any other part of us. It’s an organ people!
When a childs heart is not working properly, we all feel such sympathy. When a childs kidney is not functioning, we are there. When a childs brain is affected… well the kid is just looking for attention, acting out.
Sadly, even many doctors do not believe in mental illness in children (like you need to get OLD to have your brain become ill) so of course, the general public will not accept this is a REAL illness, with a cure.
Anerexia, Bulimia, violent behaviour, reclusive, these are only a few of the symptoms of mental illness shown in children and teens. More children die of suicide then any other illness, so we must all wake up.
I was one of the lucky ones, I took my daughters crys for help seriously and she got treatment. Today she is a happy, healthy adult who knows how to handle her depression, should it rear it’s ugly head. Sadly, there are many parents not so lucky, who have lost their children to suicide. Good for you Kim, for bringing mental illness in children to the for front, whether parents want to think about it or not.

Comment by Terry

March 6, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

What a lucky guy Zack is, and what a lucky Mom Kim is. A toddler’s tantrum in a grocery store doesn’t even come close to what happens when a child loses and cannot regain control. It is like breathing without air.

Parents get so focused on being ‘embarrassed’ and other people are so busy judging them, that the child in need gets lost. Thank you, Kim, for helping people see that there are real needs, not just labels.

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