Mental health is important to overall health. Because of the impact on children, families, and communities, children's mental disorders are an important public health issue in the United States.
Childhood disorders, often labeled as developmental disorders or learning disorders, most often occur and are diagnosed when the child is of school-age. Although some adults may also relate to some of the symptoms of these disorders, typically the disorder’s symptoms need to have first appeared at some point in the person’s childhood.
Childhood mental disorders can be treated and managed. There are many evidence-based treatment options, so parents and doctors should work closely with everyone involved in the child's treatment — teachers, coaches, therapists, and other family members. Taking advantage of all the resources available will help parents, health professionals and educators guide the child towards success.
Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental disorders.Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their Communities.
Recognizing symptoms is key! Family awareness and early identification are often the first steps to effective treatment for children and youth with mental health disorders.
Children and youth with the most serious mental health disorders (e.g., severe psychosis or schizophrenia) may exhibit:
Let your children be aware that it is just as important to take care of their mental health as it is their physical health. Encourage them to talk about their feelings and reach out to a trusted friend or adult If angry, worried or sad.