A lot of parents ask why they should consider mental health services for their young children.
First, one in five children, from birth to age 18, has a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Second, preschool children are three times more likely to be expelled from school than children in kindergarten through 12th grade. This is usually due to a lack of attention or social and emotional needs.
Lastly, mental health is an important part of our overall health.
Your child may need a mental health professional if …
Look for significant changes or serious challenges to your child’s learning, behavior, socialization, or even emotional outbursts.
Common early childhood mental disorders
The most common mental disorders that begin and are diagnosed in early childhood are ADHD, behavior and conduct disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, Tourrets syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders.
What if I suspect my child needs help?
Early identification can really help your child reach his or her full potential. If you have any concerns, address them with your pediatrician. A comprehensive treatment plan can include psychotherapy, education, parenting strategies, and, in some cases, medication.