Do you have or know one of the 14 million American children who have mental health disorders? Are you concerned about how psychiatric health services are costly and not always covered by insurance? Print and mail this letter to let your elected officials know how you feel.
Fourteen million American children have a mental health disorder, but most insurance plans don't adequately cover mental health, and policy makers have different ideas on how to best address this problem. We spoke to Parents advisor Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, child psychiatrist and director of the New York University Child Study Center, about what he thinks is needed -- and why.
If your child has a learning or mental health issue that affects her ability to thrive in school, it's crucial to work closely with teachers and other professionals. Experts from the Child Mind Institute offer useful advice.
All children get shy, angry, sad, or anxious. Here's how to tell when your child's moodiness is something more serious -- and who to turn to for help. Plus, get a guide to the best Web resources on children's mental health, as prepared by the Tufts Child & Family Webguide
Want to learn more about how to help your child develop healthy eating habits? Here are online resources that have been carefully evaluated for Parents.com by a team of academic professionals from the Child & Family WebGuide at Tufts University in Medford, MA.
You're feeling tense, listless, indecisive, beat-up, sad, guilty, or worthless. Something -- joy? meaning? energy? -- is missing from your life. You want to do something to feel better, but do you need a psychiatrist, a mental health counselor, or just a meditation class and a massage? This quiz will help you decide where to get started. Remember that there are no definitive answers here, just different degrees of symptoms that may point to some common and treatable mood disorders. Why feel bad when you don't have to?