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CAUSES OF MENTAL DISORDERS IN CHILDREN | Print |

According to WebMD, the cause of mental disorders in children is not known, but research suggests that a combination of factors, including heredity, biology, psychological trauma, and environmental stress might be involved. 

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Below are descriptions from each of these areas.  To learn more, you can visit the WebMD website at www.webmd.com.  You also may talk with a clinician, or make an appointment for your child, by calling the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 612-4111.

  1. Heredity (Genetics) - many mental health disorders run in families, suggesting that the disorders, or a vulnerability to the disorders, might be passed on from parents to children through genes.
  2. Biology - some mental disorders have been linked to special chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.  These help nerve cells in the brain to communicate with each other.  If these chemicals are out of balance or not working properly, messages might not make it through the brain correctly, leading to symptoms.  In addition, defects in or injury to certain areas of the brain also have been linked to some mental disorders.
  3. Psychological Trauma - some mental disorders might be triggered by psychological trauma, such as severe emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; an important early loss, such as the loss of a parent; and neglect
  4. Environmental Stress - stressful or traumatic events can trigger a disorder in a person with a vulnerability to a mental disorder

To learn more information on this subject, please visit the WebMD website at www.webmd.com.  You also can contact the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 612-4111 for information or to make an appointment for your child.  The Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center provides behavioral health services to Fulton County youth between the ages of 0 to 21 years old.

 
 

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