Research indicates that somewhere between 3-8% of children have some form of a mental health issue/disorder and that the incidents of children with mental health issues are on the rise.
Mental health issues aren't like other health issues as they affect behavior and or mood. The behaviors and moods are what you have to rely on as opposed to pain and fevers etc.
Some of the more common mental health issues seen among children include:
- Adjustment Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Conduct Disorder (CD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Hyper Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia)
- Bi-polar Disorder (Manic-Depressive)
Look for the following signs:
- Weaker marks and overall achievement.
- Difficulty with friends and social situations.
- Fits or outbursts of anger or possibly rage.
- Less interested in snacks or lunch.
- Becoming rebellious.
- Lacks interest in school life in general.
- Lacks motivation and energy.
- Bully type behaviors.