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Anxiety is a normal human emotion and a common part of life. However, when the feeling of anxiety persists it may cause fears, worries, and sleep disturbances which interfere with daily life (i.e. family, school, work).
Mood disorders refer to an individual exhibiting an emotional state or mood that does not match the situation or environment; it is characterized by extreme emotional changes that interfere with a person’s ability to function. They may include large changes in an emotional state and life-threatening suicidal thoughts or self-harm.
Eating Disorders are disorders that involve abnormal eating habits. They also include severe stress and unhealthy relationships with body image, body weight, and food intake.
The individual with the disorder has a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning, and behaving. Personality disorders prevent the individual from properly relating to others and their environment. As a result, children may struggle with family relationships, social activities, and school.
Psychotic disorders are serious disorders that impair thinking, judgment, communication, emotions, and behavior. They can prevent individuals from understanding reality and behaving appropriately. They may include hallucinations and delusions.
Trauma disorders include emotional and behavioral issues that result from painful/stressful experiences. They have varying effects and may be due to abuse.
Related to Trauma disorders, abuse is an important factor to consider in a child’s mental health. Abuse may take many forms. Based on previous studies, any child who mentions abuse is likely telling the truth and action must be taken immediately.
Developmental disorders are often detected in school settings. However, there are several with early onsets that might first be detected by family members. The disorders may affect interactions, learning, and motor skills.
Finding treatment options for a child can also be difficult for the parents. Family supports are crucial during the process of supporting a child/loved one with mental illness. A family member who seeks their emotional support will often be better at helping their child. There are multiple groups available to help parents reflect on their journey in best helping their child. They can be found on the Services page.
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