Is your kid crazy? All children act a little schizoid at times. But if you’re concerned that a child’s psychological or behavioral issues may run deeper than the typical juvenile lunacy, you’ve come to the right place.
Herein you’ll find a virtual library of information on all aspects of child mental health, from the various problems a youth might present with to how to understand the diagnostic process and get children the help they need.
General Information on Child Mental Health
Facts & statistics
Some facts and statistics on the mental health problems plaguing kids in America.
What causes mental illness in children?
Mental health problems and behavioral disorders can arise in children for all sorts of reasons. This area provides an overview of the more common causes of psychological turmoil in kids.
If your child has been diagnosed with a psychological or behavioral disorder, or if you’re even just considering taking them to a therapist, this area provides valuable information all parents and teachers need to know when it comes to the diagnostic process.
Mental Health Problems in Children & Teens
Types of child mental health disorders
This page provides a convenient list of the different psychological and behavioral disorders a child might be diagnosed with. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to better understand the nature of a child’s problems.
Information on specific child mental health disorders:
- ADHD (See children/ADHD)
- Anxiety in children
- Attachment disorders
- Autism (see children/autism)
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Callous & unemotional traits
- Conduct disorder
- Depression in children & teens
- Disruptive mood deregulation disorder
- Eating disorders
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Hoarding in children
- OCD in children
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Schizophrenia in children & teens
Many formerly happy children experience serious struggles and mental health issues that suddenly arise during their teenage years. This information will help you understand why this happens, and offer advice on how to pull your teen back from the brink.
Treating Mental Health Problems
& Promoting Child Mental Health
Psychotherapy for children & teens
Psychotherapy can be extremely helpful, but the wrong type of psychotherapy can hurt as well as heal. This area discusses the pros and cons of different types of therapy, and includes information that will help you choose the right therapist for your child.
Psychiatric drugs & medication
Read this information first before you put your child on a psychiatric medication. We discuss the common psychological drugs, their potential side effects, their limitations, and how well they actually work.
Mental health resources for kids
Coloring sheets, workbooks, printables, and other resources designed to promote mental health in preschool and elementary school students.