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Children and Adolescents

Introduction to Mental Health Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Children & Adolescents
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 1 in 10 children and adolescents in the United States suffers from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment or dysfunction. And, fewer than one in five children with a mental health condition receives treatment. Changes in your child’s behavior deserve attention when they are severe, persistent, and impact on your child’s daily activities. Seek professional help for your child if you observe problems such as:
  • Changes in appetite or sleep
  • Social withdrawal, or fearfulness
  • Behavior that seems to slip back to an earlier phase such as bed-wetting
  • Signs of distress such as sadness or tearfulness
  • Self-destructive behavior such as head banging
  • A tendency to have frequent injuries
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Bed-Wetting (Primary Nocturnal Enuresis)
Bipolar Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence
Depression in Childhood and Adolescence
Asperger’s Syndrome
Rett Syndrome
Tourette's Disorder
Child Maltreatment and Neglect
decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should my child take medications to treat depression?
Should my child take medications for ADHD?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Helping your child develop healthy self-esteem
Helping your child with ADHD accomplish tasks at home
How to help your child with ADHD be successful in school
Managing a manic episode

The DSM is a reference book used by psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other health and mental health care providers to understand and diagnose a mental health problem.

Children and Adolescents DSM
Anxiety Disorders
Eating Disorders
Smoking Cessation
Substance-Related Disorders
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
MEDLINEplus—Child Behavior Disorders
MEDLINEplus—Child Mental Health
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Angustia y trastorno de pánico - [Anxiety and Panic Disorder]
Comportamiento violento - [Violent Behavior]
Depresión - [Depression]
Depresión por falta de luz solar - [Seasonal Affective Disorder]
Ira y hostilidad - [Anger and Hostility]
La pena - [Grief]
Problemas con el alcohol y las drogas - [Alcohol and Drug Problems]
Problemas de salud mental - [Mental Health Problems]
Problemas para dormir - [Sleep Problems]
Suicidio - [Suicide]
Tensión nerviosa o estrés - [Stress and Distress]
Trastornos de la alimentación - [Eating Disorders]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015