Nearly 5 million 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/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Disruptive Behavior Disorders
- Pervasive Development Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Elimination Disorders
- Learning and Communication Disorders
- Affective Mood Disorders
- 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