Childhood Disorders

Children experience the same disorders as adults, including mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder are commonly diagnosed during childhood. Symptoms of mental illness in children may manifest differently than in adults. Some of the signs of mental illness include:

  • Mood changes
  • Behavior changes
  • Weight changes or changes in appetite
  • Intense emotions or mood swings
  • Physical symptoms, including headaches or stomachaches
  • Self-harm
  • Substance abuse

Early intervention is key to successful treatment. Psychotherapy and group therapy can help reduce symptoms in your child.

Resources:

http://www2.nami.org/template.cfm?section=For_Parents,_Caregivers,_and_Youth

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml