Mental illness in children
Kindly note that children can develop the same mental health conditions as would occur in adults, only that their symptoms may be different.
Warning signs of mental illness in children
In addition to the specific symptoms of each mental disorder, children with a psychiatric illness can exhibit signs that are specific to their age and developmental status. Warning signs that your child may have a mental health disorder include: Persistent sadness — two or more weeks Withdrawing from or avoiding social interactions Hurting oneself or talking about hurting oneself...
Common disorders among children
What should I do if I suspect my child has a mental health condition?
Diagnosis of mental illness in children
Mental health conditions in children are diagnosed based on signs and symptoms and how the condition affects a child's daily life. To make a diagnosis, the child might have to be evaluated by one or more specialists, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, psychiatric nurse or other mental health care professional. The evaluation might include:
1.History and examination
Treatment for mental illness in children
Considering that healing and recovery is a Biopsychosocial-spiritual phenomena, multidisciplinary approach is used at CMH to manage any condition the child may come with.
There are varieties of treatments available for managing mental illness in children, including educational or occupational interventions, as well as specific forms of psychotherapy which form the first line and mainstay interventions, and effective medications when necessary.