• Mental Illness in Children

    Nearly 5million children in the U.S. have some type of serious mental illness. The illness significantly interferes with daily life. In any given year, 20 % of American children will be diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental conditions that affect mood, thinking and behavior.

    Types of Mental Disorders that can affect children and adolescents:

    Anxiety Disorders

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivitydisorder (ADHD)

    Disruptive Behavior Disorders

    Pervasive development Disorders

    Eating Disorders

    Elimination Disorders

    Learning and Communication Disorders

    Affective Mood Disorders

    Schizophrenia

    TIC Disorders

    Some of these disorders can occur in adults as well as children.

     

    Basics for a child’s good mental health:

    Unconditional love from family

    Self-Confidence and high self esteem

    The opportunity to play with other children

    Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers

    Safe and secure surroundings

    Appropriate guidance and instructive discipline

     

    Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior.Your observations with those of teachers and other caregivers may lead to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions consult your pediatrician or a school counselor.

     

    Springtown ISD Counselors have a list of Community Resources.

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8256):  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org