Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

We know how important diagnosis and proper treatment is for children who have medical conditions like asthma or epilepsy. The same is certainly true for the 15 million children who have mental-health problems such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD—half of whom never receive any professional help. This is partially due to the shortage of child psychiatrists and other barriers to care, but sadly, the fear of stigma also prevents some parents from seeking help.

A child who has a psychiatric disorder isn’t a bad kid or crazy—and his parents shouldn’t feel guilty. However, many parents aren’t sure whether their child’s behavior is normal or naughty—or cause for real concern. In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7), the Child Mind Institute and the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have organized an educational campaign called Speak Up For Kids! More than 500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals will be giving talks in communities around the country about what to look for and who can help when people are worried about a child. (Click here to find a talk near you, and click here to learn more about red flags in children.) All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential, and to be happy and successful with friends, at school, and at home.

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  1. by Jacobs mama

    On May 3, 2011 at 2:13 am

    My son Jacob is turning 8 next month wow its been four years since he was diagnosed autistic,bipolar and adhd its been difficult stressful the confusion and oh my gosh the unbelievable guilt I have felt that somehow I did this something I did or didnt do right caused Jacob to be diagnosed. The first two years were a struggle to get through now as I write this I want to lau gh Jacob has learned so much these last two years the first two seem like a dream lol hes still on medication taking only two prescriptions yay hes a little more sociable only a little though he is mostly comfortable with his special ed teacher we go to therapy twice a month speech therapy twice a week and psychiatrist once a month he has therapy at school also speech,ot,and,pt he is learning everyday how to channel his extra energy into something positive when we began our journey I admit I only saw the negative Jacob wasnt anything they were saying but he is ever yday he shows me how far he has come in the last four years it’s been a daily struggle to sugarcoat would be lying to you and not giving Jacob his due in learning how to be himself in his way hes such a sweet boy lol you only haveto

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