Few people – if any – would argue that the mental health of our children is not important. Quite the opposite, children’s mental health can have a profound effect not only on their quality of life, but also on the quality of the communities that surround them. A happy, healthy child grows into a happy, healthy adult. Unfortunately, that future isn’t a guarantee for any child, and even less so for children experiencing mental illness.
The immediate effects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are challenging enough for any child and family. The lack of attention, impulsivity, constant movement and other mental illness sign and symptoms can wreak havoc on a child’s life at home and at school, and make everyday activities escalate out of control.
One of the benefits of the advances we’ve made in medicine and technology is a longer life expectancy. Whereas the average life expectancy in 1910 was 51, today it’s 79. However, this increase doesn’t apply to everyone. According to Thomas Insel, the former director of the National Institute on Mental Health, the life expectancy for individuals experiencing severe mental illness is nowhere near the national average.
Topics: Mental Health Wellness Month