Tragically, in this day and age, more and more children are afflicted with serious mental health issues. In the United States alone, nearly 5 million children are suffering from a mental health disease. It is also expected in the near future that almost 20% of children in the US will have one form of mental disease. The seriousness of this situation becomes even more severe when one realizes that mental health issues can come at any place at any time. This is the reason why it is absolutely important to diagnose whether or not one’s child has a mental disease, since this will make it easier for the doctors and psychotherapists to find effective treatments for the sickness. On the other hand, diagnosing mental health illnesses can be difficult, which is why it is crucial that one knows the many symptoms of the most common mental health issues of children. WebMD, a very well respected online community and authority on health related issues, have a great article that you should check out.
Mental Illness in Children
The most widespread mental illness for children is attention deficit hyper-activity disorder or ADHD for short. One of the more visible symptoms of this mental health issue is the child’s lack of focus. ADHD is characterized by an inability to pay attention, follow directions, or concentrate. The child’s mental capacity is thus severely compromised. One usually sees children afflicted with ADHD staring at nothing for hours on end, usually succumbing to boredom. There are prescribed medications to battle ADHD. However doctors still believe that the best treatment is for parents to force the child to engage in more mental activities in order to increase and optimize their mental capacity.
Observe Your Children Closely
One of the many ways parents can check if their child has a mental illness is to see how the child functions in their environment. Whether at home, in school, with family or friends, if there is something particularly strange and damaging about a child’s behavior in those situations, then there is a chance that the child has a mental illness. This is one of the surefire ways to identify if a child has a Disruptive Behavior Disorder. This disorder is characterized by the child’s insistence on defying rules and regulations set by authorities. This makes the child extremely hard to discipline, since the child’s disobedience is not willed but caused by a sickness. Doctors say that psychotherapy sessions are still the best way to treat Disruptive Behavior Disorder.
Remember to look up online about all the kinds of issues and behaviours that you are noticing. One article, which can be found here, is a good place to also read up about what you are seeing and what the behaviour means.
If a child is usually afraid in whatever kind of situation, then there is a big possibility that the child is afflicted with an Anxiety Disorder. This happens whenever a child internalizes so much fear and dread that he/she is unable to perform any specific action. One of the symptoms of Anxiety Disorder that can easily be spotted is the child’s unwillingness to leave his/her own room or home. In order to combat the fear caused by Anxiety Disorder, doctors have prescribed a variety of medications and treatments. But, like Disruptive Behavior Disorder, psychotherapy is a surefire solution. As long as these mental health illnesses are diagnosed early in the child’s life, then there is a better chance that these mental health issues will be gone when the child is grown up.