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Mental Health (Children)

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Mental Health (Children)

Mental Health Concerns

Kids and teens are constantly changing. As they grow, it’s normal to change as they learn new things and their bodies and minds mature into their adult selves. So with all these changes going on, how can we as parents and caregivers tell which changes are normal? At what point should we start worrying that our child’s fears or teenager’s mood swings are more than just “growing pains”? It can be hard to tell. For some kids, these changes aren’t just a part of growing up; they could be symptoms of a mental disorder.

It may surprise many people to know that mental disorders are common in kids and teens.

Because so many mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show up before the age of 18, they can have a huge impact on a child’s development. Mental disorders can affect how well kids do in school and how they form relationships with other kids and adults. Mental disorders, if not treated early, can be disruptive enough to a kid’s normal development and affect them for the rest of their lives.

Check out the links on the right of this page for more information.

It’s important to seek help early if you have concerns about your child’s behaviour or emotions.  See your child’s health care provider, or contact the FamilyHEALTHline at (705) 743-1000 for suggestions of community resources, such as the following:

It’s important to seek help early if you have concerns about your child’s behaviour or emotions.  See your child’s health care provider, or contact the FamilyHEALTHline at (705) 743-1000 for suggestions of community resources, such as the following:

Last modified on Jul 22, 2016