Mental health problems aren't just something adults experience — children and young people also experience psychological and emotional disorders. If you're concerned about your child's mental health, the dedicated child health experts at Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, can help. Whatever form of treatment your child needs for their mental health disorder, the Village Pediatric Group team provides it with warmth and compassion. Call their office today or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Children can have a variety of mental health issues and behavioral disorders. In fact, some conditions, like eating disorders, are more common in children and adolescents than in adults.
In young children, mental health problems and behavioral disorders can be challenging to spot because it's hard for your child to explain to you how they feel. Often younger children might find they’re in trouble for being naughty or acting out without anyone realizing something is affecting the child's mental health.
As children enter puberty, their hormone levels are changing so dramatically that it can be tough to know whether their behavior is due to a mental health disorder or is a consequence of the changes they're going through.
The types of mental health conditions that most often affect children and young people include:
If you’re worried about your child's behavior or moods, you can try and talk to them about how they feel and what's on their mind. The teachers at their school might also raise the subject with you if they have their own concerns.
Many people find it hard to recognize their need for professional mental health treatment, so knowing whether it's something your child might require can be very hard to judge.
Sometimes children get down or unhappy without having a mental health condition. They might be struggling with a specific problem, and when that issue is resolved, they feel better again. Or they might just be feeling blue, just like everyone does now and then.
You should look for lasting changes in your child's behavior, such as losing interest in activities they used to enjoy or developing new obsessions. They might not want to see anyone, or they might start hanging out with new people.
You could also look for signs of self-harm and substance abuse, although many children are very good at hiding these things. They might start refusing food or making comments about their weight or appearance. Sometimes all you can go on is your instinct as a parent that something isn’t right.
Some medications are suitable for children who have certain conditions, like ADHD. However, many drugs aren't safe for those under 16.
The primary approach used at Village Pediatric Group in treating mental health issues is therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be valuable for helping young people manage conditions like anxiety and phobias.
Psychotherapy can help if unresolved issues are affecting your child, such as bereavement or other trauma. Behavioral therapy can help children who have ADHD to understand how they feel and learn to modify their reactions.
Call Village Pediatric Group today to find out more or book an appointment online.