The information provided in this section is re-printed from WebMD. To access more information about mental illness in children, you can visit their website at www.webmd.com. If you have questions about childhood mental illness, or wish to make an appointment for your child to have a consultation, please contact the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 612-4111.
According to WebMD, childhood mental illness occurs in about 20% of US children during a given year. Moreover, nearly 5 million US children have some type of serious mental illness (one that significantly interferes with daily life).
The term mental illness is not entirely accurate, since there are many physical factors - including heredity and brain chemistry - that might be involved in the development of a mental disorder. As such, many mental disorders can be effectively treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN
According to WebMD, identifying mental disorders in children can be tricky for health care providers. Children differ from adults in that they experience many physical, mental, and emotional changes as they progress through their natural growth and development. They also are in the process of learning how to cope with, adapt, and relate to others and the world around them. Further, each child matures at his or her own pace, and what is considered normal in children falls within a wide range of behavior and abilities. For these reasons, any diagnosis of a mental disorder must consider how well a child functions at home, within the family, at school, and with peers - as well as the child's age and symptoms.
To learn more on this subject, please visit the WebMD website at www.webmd.com. You also can contact the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 612-4111 for information or to make an appointment for your child. The Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center provides behavioral health services to Fulton County youth between the ages of 0 to 21 years old.