If Your Child Has a Mental Health Disorder, the Most Important Thing You Can Do Is Seek Help

If Your Child Has a Mental Health Disorder, the Most Important Thing You Can Do Is Seek Help

June 17, 2019

From Cleveland Clinic

Treatable childhood mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, can have lasting effects into adulthood if not recognized and addressed early.

However, a recent study shows many children with these conditions don’t receive appropriate treatment.

The study looked at parents whose children had a mental health condition (either currently or in the last year) and asked if the child had been treated by a professional. The study didn’t ask if the child was in long-term treatment ― just had the child ever been seen by a mental health professional before. And the answer was strikingly ‘no’ or ‘not very often.’

Pediatric psychologist, Vanessa Jensen, PsyD, did not take part in the study, but says the results are quite astounding.

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