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5 Signs That Your Kid Is Suffering from a Mental Illness!
07 May 2019 IST
5 Signs That Your Kid Is Suffering from a Mental Illness!

A mental illness may be a terrible thing to suffer from, regardless of age. Kids usually lack the resources, awareness, and coping abilities to acquire treatment.

 
 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top 5 mental illnesses for kids aged three to seventeen years include:
 
-- Autism and Autism spectrum disorder: 1.1 percent
-- Depression: 2.1 percent
-- Anxiety: 3 percent
-- Personality or behavioral disorder: 3.5 percent
-- ADHD: 6.8 percent
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that suicide is the 2nd-leading cause of death in adolescents.
 
5 Signs That Your Kid Is Suffering from a Mental Illness:
 
– They get irritated and stressed out easily
Like adults, kids get irritated and stressed out. In many cases, child aggravation is caused by peer or school pressure; but, noticeably intensified aggravation can also stem from an underlying mental illness.
 
Kids with a mental disorder usually make excuses to not study or go to school. They may experience stomach aches, headaches, or other type of pain. Kids that appear withdrawn and aggravated may be bullied or experience any other problem with their peers. Bullying is actually a severe threat to a kid’s mental health.
 
– They are increasingly anxious
Childhood should be a carefree time in someone’s life; so when a young kid starts displaying anxious behaviors, it’s a cause for concern.
 
For instance, if your kid worries that they’d not make the bus on time each morning, it’s definitely a cause for concern. Also, if they worry that they’d not get their favorite spot at the lunch table each afternoon, you should not ignore it.
 
– They are withdrawn or depressed
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 teenagers experiences a bout with depression; eight percent have a major depressive disorder.
 
A Prof. of psychiatry at the University of Arizona, Doctor Charles Raison, explains that parents need to intervene if their kid displays withdrawn or depressive behavior for longer than 2-3 weeks. A kid that has depression may also experience great changes in sleeping patterns.
 
– They abuse drugs or alcohol
Research suggests that there’s a correlation between substance abuse and mental health disorders. Researchers note that about 20% of high school children have an ongoing prescription drug addiction, 40% have used tobacco or smoked, and 70% have tried alcohol.

 
 

These substances are particularly dangerous when combined with a mental illness. Alcohol or drug abuse might become their go-to coping mechanism, significantly elevating their risk of deteriorating health or even death.
 
– Their performance is negatively affected  
Everyone is inundated with messages about success – in relationships, in parenting, in a profession, in school – without realizing that successful performance rests on a foundation of mental health.
 
According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study, there’re probably 4-5 adolescents in some classrooms who have a serious mental illness.
 
Mental impairment has literally always a negative impact on performance. As 2/3 of adolescents don’t receive mental health treatment, the negative repercussions on a societal and individual level are vast.
 
According to Columbia University, these academic problems may result from mental disorders:
 
-- Recurring disciplinary problems
-- Repeating a grade level
-- Poor performance in math, reading, and writing
-- Difficulty concentrating
-- Low self-esteem
-- Frequent tardiness or absenteeism
 
The Bottom Line
Early detection of childhood mental illnesses and access to proper services is crucial. Many studies have proven that prompt treatment could lead to improvements in both school performance and mental disorder symptoms.
 
Adequate treatment may spare the adolescent or kid – and their loved ones – unnecessary suffering and pain.

 
 
 
 
 

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Shibu Chandran
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Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST
Shibu Chandran
2 hours ago

Serving political interests in another person's illness is the lowest form of human value. A 70+ y old lady has cancer.

November 28, 2016 05:00 IST


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