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FC Home Mental Illness in Children Common Mental Health Conditions

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According to WebMD, there are several different types of mental disorders that can affect children and adolescents, including:

School kids

  • Anxiety Disorders - children with anxiety disorders respond to certain things or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety (nervousness), such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - children with ADHD generally have problems paying attention or concentrating, can't seem to follow directions, and are easily bored and/or frustrated with tasks.  They also tend to move constantly and are impulsive (do not think before they act).
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders - children with these disorders tend to defy rules and often are disruptive in structured environments, such as school
  • Pervasive Development Disorders - children with these disorders are confused in their thinking and generally have problems understanding the world around them
  • Eating Disorders - these involve intense emotions and attitudes, as well as unusual behaviors associated with weight and/or food
  • Elimination Disorders - these are disorders that affect behavior related to using the bathroom
  • Learning and Communication Disorders - children with these disorders have problems storing and processing information, as well as relating their thoughts and ideas
  • Affective (Mood) Disorders - these disorders involve persistent feelings of sadness and/or rapidly changing moods, and include depression and bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia - this disorder involves distorted perceptions and thoughts
  • Tic Disorders - these disorders cause a person to perform repeated, sudden, involuntary (not done on purpose), and often meaningless movements and sounds called tics

According to WebMD, some of these disorders such as - anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and schizophrenia - can occur in adults as well as children.  Others begin in childhood only and can continue into adulthood.  It is also not unusual for a child to have more than one disorder.

For additional information about common mental health conditions in children, please visit WebMD's website at www.webmd.com.  Also, you may contact the Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 612-4111.  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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