Children with mental illness typically go untreated. We live in a stressful time, and children are more susceptible to pressure from their environment. It can impact their outlook, their personality and their development. In fact, less than 35% of the 17 million children who need help actually get professional treatment.
Reference: first annual Children’s Mental Health Report, released by Child Mind Institute in New York City.
Don’t wait before speaking to a professional. Mental health is just as important as a child’s physical health. Children who experience anxiety have an increased risk of developing depression as a teenager, and this can result in a higher risk of developing long-term depression as an adult. Most alarmingly, suicide rates are especially high for adolescents (14-24), totaling nearly 5,000 per year.
If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, have a talk with your pediatrician. If necessary, please give us a call. We can provide most adolescent psychotherapy treatments in-house. We begin with a mental health screening, then provide education and awareness of the issues affecting the child. Our on-staff professionals assist with medication management and provide a variety of treatment modalities to get kids back on track to a normal and happy childhood.
Learning disorders can present with symptoms similar to depression, anxiety, and/or ADHD. Educators can increase learning and develop other success in and out of the classroom if schools learn to recognize the problems.
“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.”