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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on May 5, 2016, 12:59:15 AM by healtheo360

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What is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week?

Children’s mental health awareness week aims to bring the public’s attention to children and youth living with mental health conditions. The ability to raise awareness, educate, and advocate services that help and support children with mental illness is the main purpose of the first full week in May. 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness in the United States.

Common Mental Health Conditions among Children

Anxiety disorders
Eating disorders
Schizophrenia
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Depression
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions

Behavior changes
Mood changes
Intense feelings
Substance abuse
Unexplained weight loss/gain
Difficulty concentrating

Treatment

There are many treatment options used to treat children with mental health conditions such as:
Medications such as antidepressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety drugs and mood stabilizing drugs.
Psychotherapy- there are various types of therapies that address the emotional responses to mental illnesses in children.
Creative therapies – such as art therapy, play therapy, animal-assisted therapy and Operant Conditioning/Applied Behavior Analysis.

Did you know that adolescent boys ages 12-17 years old are more likely than girls to die by suicide?

Sources:
Mayo Clinic
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
National Alliance of Mental Health
Kids Mental Health
WebMd

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