Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
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Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses

Children are precious; As parents we worry about their health. When our children have issues and crises, these issues and crises affect us just as much, if not more, than it affects them. We fear that which might bring them fear; we hurt when we see them hurt; and sometimes, we cry just seeing them cry. Writer Elizabeth Stone once said "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." So, when it seems like something is not quite right with your children - perhaps they seem more afraid than other kids, or they seem to get a lot angrier than their playmates do over certain things - this odd or "off" behavior can be experienced as terrifying. In fact, a child's difficulty can be just the starting point for your parental worry and concern. You might not know what to do to help your child, or where to go for help. Possibly, you may worry because you don't even know if your child's problem is something you should be concerned about in the first place.

We've created this survey of childhood mental and emotional disorders to help worried parents better understand the various ways that mental illness can effect children; what it looks like and how it can be helped. Children's mental and emotional disorders are problems that affect not only their behavior, emotions, moods, or thoughts, but can also affect the entire family as well. These problems are often similar to other type...

 
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Introduction to Disorders of ChildhoodForms and Causes of Childhood DisordersDiagnostic Criteria for Childhood DisordersIntellectual DisabilitiesThe Causes and Prevention of Intellectual DisabilitySigns and Symptoms of Intellectual DisabilitySupport & Help for Children with Intellectual DisabilitiesSupport & Help for Families with Intellectually Disabled ChildrenDisorders of Childhood: Motor Skills DisordersMotor Skills Disorder Treatment and Recommended ReadingDisorders of Childhood: Learning DisordersLearning Disorders DiagnosisLearning Disorders Treatment and Recommended ReadingDisorders of Childhood: Communication DisordersCommunication Disorders: Stuttering and Prevalence / Diagnosis of Communication DisordersTreatment of Communication Disorders and Recommended ReadingDisorders of Childhood: Pervasive Developmental DisordersDisorders of Childhood: Attention-Deficit and Disruptive Behavior DisordersDiagnosis of Conduct DisorderTreatment of Conduct DisorderTreatment of Conduct Disorder ContinuedIntroduction to Oppositional Defiant DisorderTreatment of Oppositional Defiant DisorderDisruptive Behavior Disorder NOS and Recommended Reading for Conduct Disorder / ODDFeeding and Eating Disorders of Infancy or Early Childhood: PicaRumination DisorderFeeding Disorder of Early Childhood Disorders of Childhood: Tic DisordersTreatment of Tic Disorders and Recommended ReadingElimination Disorders: EnuresisEnuresis Assessment and TreatmentElimination Disorders: EncopresisSelective MutismTreatment of Selective MutismDisorders of Childhood: Separation Anxiety DisorderSeparation Anxiety Disorder Assessment and TreatmentReactive Attachment Disorder of Infancy or Early ChildhoodReactive Attachment Disorder Assessment and TreatmentDisorders of Childhood: Stereotypic Movement DisorderTreatment of Stereotyped Movement DisordersDisorder of Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence Not Otherwise Specified
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