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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children

    ADHD is a behavior disorder marked by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.

  • Anorexia Nervosa in Children

    Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is a form of self-starvation. A child or teen with anorexia has abnormally low body weight, a distorted body image, and an intense fear of gaining weight.

  • Anxiety Disorders in Children

    Detailed information on the most common types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

    A child with autism appears to live in his or her own world, showing little interest in others and a lack of social awareness.

  • Communication Disorders

    Young children with communication disorders may not speak at all, or may have a limited vocabulary for their age. Some children with communication disorders have difficulty understanding simple directions or are unable to name objects.

  • Conduct Disorder in Children

    A child with a conduct disorder has antisocial behaviors that violate the rights of others as well as basic social standards and rules.

  • Developmental Disorders

    Detailed information on developmental disorders in children

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation for Children

    A psychiatric evaluation looks at the child's behaviors, when those behaviors happen, and what impact those behaviors have on school, family, and other relationships.

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents

    Children or teens with generalized anxiety disorder often worry a lot about future events, past behaviors, social acceptance, and school performance.

  • Home Page - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Detailed information on child and adolescent mental health disorders

  • Learning Disorders

    Learning disorders are sometimes called learning disabilities. Most children with learning disorders have normal intelligence, but they have difficulty with reading, math, or another academic area.

  • Major Depression in Adolescents

    Depression is a mood disorder that involves a adolescent's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

    This behavior disorder is characterized by uncooperative, defiant, negativistic, irritable, and annoying behaviors toward parents, peers, teachers, and other authority figures.

  • Online Resources - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    List of online resources to find additional information on mental health

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children

    PTSD is a debilitating mental health condition that can occur after a child has or sees a traumatic event.

  • Schizophrenia in Children

    Detailed information on schizophrenia in children, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

    All children and teens experience some anxiety—it's a normal part of growing up. When worries and fears abnormally focus on separation from home or family, the child may have separation anxiety disorder.

  • Topic Index - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Detailed information on child and adolescent mental health disorders

  • Teen Suicide

    Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds. The strongest risk factors for attempted suicide in youth are depression, substance abuse, and aggressive or disruptive behaviors.

  • Psychiatric Treatment Team

    Team members may include a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, and a psychiatric nurse.

  • Tourette Disorder

    A person with Tourette disorder develops multiple repeated tics. The tics are abrupt, purposeless, and involuntary vocal sounds or muscular jerks.

  • Knowing When to Seek Treatment for Your Child

    Common symptoms of a potential emotional, behavioral, or developmental problem include poor grades in school, withdrawal from friends and family, and insomnia.

  • Adjustment Disorders

    Adjustment disorders are quite common in children and teens. They are characterized by an excessive reaction to stress.

  • Behavior Disorders

    Detailed information on behavior problems in adolescents, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder in Children

    Detailed information on persistent depressive disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Eating Disorders in Children

    Detailed information on adolescents and eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and obesity

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children

    Rituals and obsessive thoughts are a normal part of a teen's development. An adolescent with OCD has obsessive thoughts that are unwanted and related to fears.

  • Overview of Mood Disorders in Teens

    Mood disorders in teens are one of the most underdiagnosed mental health problems. These disorders also put teens at risk for other conditions that may last long after the first episodes of depression are resolved.

  • Bulimia Nervosa in Adolescents

    Bulimia nervosa is defined as uncontrolled episodes of overeating (bingeing) usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications in an attempt to control weight.

  • Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents

    Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a type of affective disorder that goes beyond the day's ordinary ups and downs. It is becoming an important health concern in this country.