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:
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Pervasive Development Disorders
Learning and Communication Disorders
Affective Mood 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