How to Talk to Your Child About Mental and Emotional Health


  • Stacey Haynes, PhD Psychologist, Seattle Children’s Hospital – Cure JM Center of Excellence
  • Megan Curran, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics University of Colorado – Denver, Attending Physician, Pediatric Rheumatology – Colorado Children’s Hospital
  • Anna Ramsey, BA, working on MSW, Young adult living with JM since adolescence
  • Annie Mitchell, BA in Special Education, Cure JM Board of Directors and mom to a child with JM

We know that living with juvenile dermatomyositis affects the physical as well as emotional health of our children. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish “normal” behavior and feelings from more difficult ones of depression and anxiety.

Doctor and young juvenile myositis patient.

What is Juvenile Myositis?

Juvenile myositis, including juvenile dermatomyositis and juvenile polymyositis, is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissues.

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