Mental disorders during Childhood


Mental disorders during Childhood occur in approximately around 20% of U.S. children during a given year, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Further, nearly 5 million U.S. children have some type of disorder that   considerably interferes with daily life.

Children vary from adults in that they experience many physical, mental, and emotional changes as they growth and development for that reason it is hard to determine when a child is experiencing a mental diagnosis , in addition children  are in the process of learning how to cope with, adapt, and relate to others and the world around them. Furthermore each child matures at his or her own pace. For these reasons, any diagnosis of a mental disorder must consider how well a child functions at home, within the family, at school, and with peers, as well as the child’s age and symptoms.

There are several different types of mental disorders that can affect children and adolescents including but not limited to:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Children with ADHD generally have problems paying attention or concentrating, can’t seem to follow directions, and are easily bored and/or frustrated with tasks. They also tend to move constantly and are impulsive (do not think before they act).

Disruptive behavior disorders: Children with these disorders tend to defy rules and often are disruptive and display behavioral difficulties.

Anxiety disorders: Children with anxiety disorders react to certain things or events with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety such as headcheese, vomiting, nauseas, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath, sweating and others.

Pervasive development disorders: Children with these disorders are confused in their thinking and generally have problems understanding the world around them.

Eating disorders: Eating disorders involve intense emotions, attitudes, as well as unusual behaviors associated with weight and/or food.

Learning and communication disorders: Children with these disorders have problems storing and processing information, as well as relating their thoughts and ideas.

Affective (mood) disorders: These disorders involve persistent feelings of sadness and/or rapidly  changing moods, and include depression  or bipolar disorder.

Elimination disorders
: Disorders that affect behavior related to using the bathroom.

Schizophrenia: This disorder involves distorted perceptions and thoughts.

Tic disorders: These disorders cause a person to perform repeated, sudden, involuntary (not done on purpose), and often meaningless movements and sounds, called tics.

When a child is suffering from one or more of those conditions as rapid as a diagnosis is establish the child and the family will receive a proper treatment to alleviate symptoms and decrease the pain and suffering that any of those condition can cause, increasing the ability of the child to function in her/his home, school and interactions with peers.

Teachers , Schools Counselors or assistants are those that very frequently are able to identify when such problems arise and make the appropriate referral.

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