Mental Health Disorder In Children

Mental disorders are difficult to detect. Most of the people shy away from discussing the problem forthright. Empirically, one of every three individuals suffers from mental disorders.

It becomes even more difficult when dealing with children. The physical, mental and emotional experiences of children are different from adults. There needs to be a 360 degrees analysis when diagnosing mental disorders in children.

For instance, behavior of child at school, within family and with peers needs to be considered. Instead of ignoring or blaming the child, parents should extend full support. They should give them their own space to grow and not pressurize them into following the rat race.

Some mental disorders are genetic which means that they are present right from the birth. The most common disorder which inflicts children is the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is characterized by sudden outburst of anger, anxiety and frustration.

Children suffering from this disorder get easily bored, are often inattentive in class and find it difficult to follow instructions. In Disruptive behavior disorders, children tend to defy rules and often show physical aggression towards others. Dissociative disorders such as multiple personality disorder occur in children who are sexually abused.

Exposure to violence can also lead to this disorder. Indifference and lack of compassion by parents and families can lead to psychological disorders like depression among children. Autism is another mental disorder found in children. In this, their brain is not able to intercept signals.

Another disorder which can be found both in adults and children is Bipolar Disorder. It involves fluctuating periods of depression and mania. It is characterized by high energy levels that lead to decreased need for sleep, talkativeness and impulsivity.

Each child is special. It is imperative for the parents to create an environment conducive for the growth of the child. Mental disorders can be treated. Spend time with your children. Discuss these problems within family.

It is important to provide love and support to the children suffering from mental disorders. Don’t shun them. Instead, embrace them and make them feel welcomed in this world. A very good parental care is required in these cases.


Hi, This is Avinash. I am an MA in English literature and and MBA from ICFAI. Writing is my passion.