Recognizing and treating mental illness at an early stage can be very important to long-term mental (and physical) well-being.
In children and adolescents, conditions like social anxiety disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and generalized anxiety disorder may present themselves in unique ways. That means the symptoms may not look the way they do in an adult with the same illness. Teens and children who suffer from anxiety problems and other disorders may react to their feelings by misbehaving at school, withdrawing from their friends, or even experimenting with drugs. This is why it is important for parents and other family members to provide support for the struggling child.
Certain methods of treatment for anxiety that are appropriate and effective for adults may not work as well with children and teens. For instance, some treatments for adults require deep introspection or reflection that may be too emotionally advanced for a child.
Parents of an anxious child or teen may find the search for effective treatments to be emotionally and emotionally draining. It can also strain their relationship with their child.
A new program at a medical school in Mount Sinai, New York is targeting underage people who have mood and anxiety disorders. The program will help children and their families to deal appropriately with mental illness.
To learn more about the program and its mission, follow the link here: