Children's Mental Illness

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Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Does My Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and bulimia nervosa often begin around age 12 or 13, and they have one of the highest mortality rates among mental illnesses.
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Agoraphobia: What to Look for and How to Help

Agoraphobia: What to Look for and How to Help

Agoraphobia - the fear of being in public spaces - is the intense fear a person experiences when exposed to a threatening situation, along with the tendency to avoid situations or environments perceived as threatening.
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Be Aware of these 6 Hidden Signs of Depression

Be Aware of these 6 Hidden Signs of Depression

Children and adolescents often experience depressive symptoms in a different way than adults. Since these signs are less intuitive than some of the more common symptoms, they are easy to overlook.
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5 Common Myths about Child Mental Illness that Could Keep Parents from Seeking Help

5 Common Myths about Child Mental Illness that Could Keep Parents from Seeking Help

Due to feelings of shame or misunderstandings about mental illness, some parents fear taking their child in to be diagnosed or “labeled.”
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Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?

Does My Child Have Bipolar Disorder?

Unfortunately, because bipolar disorder is often misunderstood as someone being occasionally moody, recognizing the signs of clinical bipolar disorder in your child can be hard to spot.
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Is it Anxiety, ADHD, or Both?

Is it Anxiety, ADHD, or Both?

Since some of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD and anxiety can seem similar, the differences between the two diagnoses can be very confusing!
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5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

5 Signs Your Teen Might Be Depressed

When your happy-go-lucky child turns into an irritable, secretive, and moody teenager, how do you know whether they are exhibiting typical teen behavior or something more serious like depression?
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when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

when anxiety doesn't look like anxiety

Anxious children react to their environment in a variety of ways - some of which parents may find surprising! Often, a child diagnosed with an anxiety disorder will behave like an angry, sad or disruptive child.
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burnout: it’s not just for adults

burnout: it’s not just for adults

When experiencing stress at unhealthy levels, students can begin feeling sick, leading to missed school days that make them fall behind on coursework, causing more stress!
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what if your child is the bully?

what if your child is the bully?

While being bullied may cause an otherwise healthy child to develop mental health issues, bullying behavior may also be a sign that a child is struggling and needs help.
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a parents’ guide to children’s mental health

a parents’ guide to children’s mental health

We are proud to introduce "Children’s Mental Health: A Guide for Parents," a free handbook specifically designed to help parents understand their child’s mental illness and support them on a journey toward mental health.
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understanding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

understanding obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Elizabeth McIngvale was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the age of 12 and discusses OCD from her unique position as a patient AND a psychologist.
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the troubling stats on teen suicide among hispanic girls

the troubling stats on teen suicide among hispanic girls

The Huffington Post reports Hispanic teenage girls have the highest rate of suicide attempts among all teenage demographics. Given that over 62% of San Antonio’s population is Hispanic, this is a serious issue for us.
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How to Help an Anxious Child

How to Help an Anxious Child

Beyond helping with the immediate clinical anxiety, mental health treatment can help improve self-esteem and communication skills that can last a lifetime.
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mental illness: know the facts, dispel the myths

mental illness: know the facts, dispel the myths

These are the most common myths about children's mental illness that we encounter, and the facts that disprove them.
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do more children struggle with mental illness than ever before?

do more children struggle with mental illness than ever before?

The data is shocking and saddening, and it seems to indicate that incidences of mental illness among children are on the rise. But is it accurate?
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what causes children's mental illness?

what causes children's mental illness?

The causes of mental illness are hot topics for research and understanding by medical doctors, psychologists and therapists alike.
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the significant link between childhood ADHD and adult homelessness

the significant link between childhood ADHD and adult homelessness

Children with ADHD – even when successfully treated – may need additional help overcoming some of the obstacles they’ll face as they make the transition to successful adults.
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untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

There is a 10 to 25 year life expectancy reduction for individuals experiencing severe mental disorders according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
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children's mental illness: how do you know the signs?

children's mental illness: how do you know the signs?

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day.
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Is ADHD considered a mental illness?

Is ADHD considered a mental illness?

When a child has ADHD, their brain is working overtime, all of the time. A key symptom is difficulty in calming down, because their brain is overcompensating for the complex processing that is taking place.
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What are the warning signs of mental illness?

What are the warning signs of mental illness?

The following are some of the warning signs that a child may be struggling with mental illness.
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Redefining anger in children and youth—guest blog post

Redefining anger in children and youth—guest blog post

As a clinician I have worked with children, youth, and adults throughout my career who struggle with anger issues. And while I understand clinically what is going on, it is the scariest thing for me to navigate as a parent.
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Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness

Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness

Soad Michelsen, MD, president and senior medical director of Southwest Psychiatric Physicians, presents a Case Study of a Child with Mental Illness.
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Suicide prevention starts with awareness

Suicide prevention starts with awareness

"Suicide is complex. There are almost always multiple causes, including psychiatric illnesses, which may not have been recognized or treated. However, these illnesses are treatable."
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Doing nothing is expensive

Doing nothing is expensive

Untreated, a child struggling with a mental illness may affect community costs by emergency room visits, juvenile justice actions and school disruption.
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