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Anxiety, Attention-Deficit, and Autism

What does mental illness look like in children?

“Is my child normal?” This is a question parents ask themselves all the time. Reaching developmental milestones, performing well in school, making friends, and coping with stress are all areas of life parents worry about for their children. You may compare your child to other children, a doctor may recognize abnormalities, or sometimes you just sense something's not right.

Whatever opens your eyes, mental illness in children is a growing concern. It's estimated that in the United States, every year one in five kids is diagnosed with some sort of mental illness.

Children are susceptible to the same mental illnesses as adults but their symptoms present themselves differently. It's important for parents and caretakers to know the warning signs and how to get treatment.

Most Common Conditions

The most prevalent mental illnesses in children fall under the umbrella of anxiety disorders. These include obsessive compulsiveness, social phobias, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety, fear, and worry cause emotional and physical symptoms that interfere with normal life.

A second common condition seen in children is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which presents itself as impulsive behavior, trouble paying attention, and hyperactivity.

Seen mainly in teens and young adults, eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating are also considered mental illnesses.

Mood disorders include depression and bipolar disorder, which present themselves in unexplained mood swings and chronic feelings of sadness.
Appearing in early childhood, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ranges in severity and symptoms vary, but children with this disorder struggle with normal communication and interaction.

The onset of schizophrenia is typically seen in the teen years and early 20s. People with this this illness experience episodes of psychosis, hallucinations, and a general loss of touch with reality.

What to Look For

It's easy to excuse abnormal behavior in children or assume it's just a phase, but some things are more than normal development. Some things you should not ignore, as they may be early signs of a mental illness.

A child with mental illness may experience intense feelings of fear for no reason. This anxiety affects his or her ability to cope with problems and interferes with daily life. The heart may race and breathing may increase during these episodes. Anxiety may also present itself in the form of headaches or stomachaches.

Watch for mood swings or changes in personality and behavior that last several weeks at a time. A normal, fun-loving kid may become extremely sad, depressed, angry, or withdrawn for no apparent reason. With these symptoms, schoolwork and relationships begin to suffer.

Take note of obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors such as repetitively washing hands, counting tiles, or checking on loved ones or pets. Mental illness may present itself as the inability to sit still, concentrate, or pay attention, making school work extra challenging.

Also be on the lookout for a child obsessed with his or her looks, food, and/or exercise. A drop in weight, loss of appetite, teeth problems, frequent trips to the bathroom, or the use of laxatives may signal an eating disorder.

Other symptoms of mental conditions include hallucinations, hearing voices, the use of alcohol and/or drugs, or physically harming oneself.

What to Do

The earlier a child receives treatment for a mental health condition, the greater the chance for a successful outcome. Talk with your child's teacher, caregiver, and doctor about concerns you may have. Evaluation by a mental healthcare specialist may be necessary. When a mental illness is diagnosed, treatment usually includes a combination of ongoing psychotherapy (behavioral therapy or talk therapy), medication, and support from loved ones.