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Children's Mental Health Week

February 4, 2019 

Children’s Mental Health Week Blog

Just as you can help prevent a child from catching a cold or breaking a bone, you can also help prevent a child from having mental health problems. Help is available! Mental disorders in children are treatable. Early identification, diagnosis and treatment can help children reach their full potential. Children’s mental health matters!

Do you know the signs? Consider consulting a professional if a child:

  • Feels very sad, hopeless or irritable
  • Feels overly anxious or worried
  • Is scared and fearful; has frequent nightmares
  • Is excessively angry
  • Uses alcohol or drugs
  • Avoids people; wants to be alone all the time
  • Hears voices or sees things that aren’t there
  • Can’t concentrate, sit still, or focus attention
  • Needs to wash, clean things, or perform certain rituals many times a day
  • Talks about suicide or death
  • Hurts other people or animals; or damages property
  • Has major changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Loses interest in friends or things usually enjoyed
  • Falls behind in school or earns lower grades

Here are some of the most common mental health conditions in children:

  • ADHD: attention problems
  • Autism: developmental delay
  • Bipolar disorder: depression and high energy
  • Conduct disorder: behavioral problems
  • Depression: sadness
  • Grief: coping with loss
  • Suicide: thoughts of death/dying
  • Substance use: drinking and using drugs

To learn more, visit one of the following websites:

Mental Health America                                  Center for Parents and Information Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

American Psychiatric Association                   Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

American Psychological Association               Kids Mental Health Information Portal