Abnormal mental development may occur in various ways depending on the specific condition or environment they are growing up or any certain incidence that may led to a high impact on their mind.
It is important for parents to accept their child with their mental illness and give them a proper environment, love and care.
Here are 4 common mental health disorders prevailing in children:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Compared with other children of the same age, children with ADHD find difficulty to be attentive, impulsive behaviors, hyperactivity or some combination of these problems.
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological condition that appears in early childhood under the age of 3.
Although the severity of ASD varies, a child with this disorder has difficulty communicating and interacting with others.
- Anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders in children like persistent fears, worries or anxiety that disrupt their ability to play with their friends or in other age-appropriate social situations.
Diagnoses include social anxiety, generalized anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
- Depression and other mood disorders
Depression is a constant feeling of sadness and loss of interest that disrupt a child’s ability to function in school and interact with others.
Bipolar disorder can cause mood swings from the highs of hyperactivity or euphoria (mania) to the lows of serious depression.