Children’s Mental Health
Mental health is important to overall health
A few things you should know
· The term childhood mental disorder means all mental disorders that can be diagnosed and begin in childhood.
· The symptoms of mental disorders change as the child grows up and he or she might experince problems like inability to learn how to speak, act in different situations, play with other children.
· If they are noticed in time, childhood mental disorders can be easily treated and managed.
· Boys and girls of all ages, ethnic/racial backgrounds,from any region of Romania experience mental disorders.
· Mental disorders are chronic health conditions that can continue through the lifespan. Without early diagnosis and treatment, children with mental disorders can have problems in everyday situatios, from walking on the street to bonding friendships.
How are we dealing with mental disorders?
Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (for example, crawling and walking). As a parent, you should contact your child’s doctor, sharing your concerns if you think anything might be wrong in the way your child is playing, speaking, acting, learning, mostly if he doesn’t meet the milestones for his or her age.
Childhood mental disorders, for example attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, behavior disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, or substance use disorders, affect many children and families. It's important to learn more about children's mental health, understand the causes of mental disorders, and promote effective prevention strategies.