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.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”