Overview of Mental Health Disorders in Children
Children can have many of the same mental health disorders that affect adults, such as:
Other mental health disorders affect mainly children and teens:
All mental health disorders make it hard for your child to have relationships with others, learn in school, and enjoy daily life. Mental health disorders cause your child to suffer.
Symptoms of common mental health disorders in children are often similar to the feelings every child has, such as sadness, fear, worry, anger, excitement, withdrawal, and loneliness. However, children with a mental health disorder have feelings so intense that the feelings:
To tell if your child has a mental health disorder, doctors will usually:
To make the diagnosis, doctors may need to send your child to a therapist who specializes in mental health disorders.