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It's easy to know when your child has a fever. A child's mental health problem may be harder to identify, but you can learn to recognize the symptoms. Pay attention to excessive anger, fear, sadness or anxiety. Sudden changes in your child's behavior can tip you off to a problem. So can behaviors like exercising too much, or hurting or destroying things.
Mental health problems can disrupt daily life at home, at school or in the community. Without help, mental health problems can lead to school failure, alcohol or other drug abuse, family discord, violence or even suicide. However, help is available. Talk to your health care provider if you have concerns about your child's behavior.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Children
Bipolar Disorder and Children
Child and Adolescent Suicide
Co-occurring Disorders and Youth
Depression and Children
What Parents Need to Know: Recognizing Mental Health Problems in Children
Schizophrenia in Children
Teens and Depression
Teen Depression and Suicide
What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health
Links and Resources
The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction This new brochure from the National Institute on Mental Health describes changes in the brain that occur during the teen years, and the significance of this stage of development.
Link to our national organization's Children's Mental Health Resource List which includes information on specific mental health conditions in children and adolescent, issues and other related topics.
Family Guide to Systems of Care for Children With Mental Health Needs A guide to help parents and caregivers seek help for children with mental health needs. Information is provided on what parents and caregivers need to know, ask, expect, and do to get the most out of their experience with systems of care. (SAMHSA) English. Spanish.
www.bpkids.org: A web site of The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF). CABF works to improve the lives of families raising children and teens living with bipolar disorder and related conditions. This comprehensive site offers podcasts, forums, online support groups, a section for Teens & 20's, a learning library and more.
mpower: Our national organization's web site especially for teens and young adults.