Like adults, many children and adolescents are faced with obstacles throughout their developmental years. These bumps along the way may result in strong feelings, emotions, and behaviors that affect their lives and their loved ones around them. Parents, caregivers, siblings, extended family members and friends are often worried when a child or adolescent in their life is having difficulty coping with a certain situation, is feeling hopeless or sad, is having a hard time sleeping, attending school, or getting along with a peer or family member. Although these hardships may sometimes seem impossible to overcome, there is hope and the good news is, they can be treated.
Anxiety and Depressive Illness Center at Freedom From Fear - Located at Freedom From Fear's Staten Island headquarters, this program specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents who suffer from a variety of different mental health concerns. Some of the mental health illnesses that children/adolescents suffer from are anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and so forth. The program is under the direction of two licensed/Board Certified child psychiatrists (M.D) as well as a licensed clinical social worker and licensed mental health counselors. For further inquiries please contact us at (718) 351-1717(718) 351-1717 ext. 20. Freedom From Fear is located at 308 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305. CLICK HERE to download child intake evaluation forms.
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The following is a list of facts about various mental illnesses that children and adolescents may sometimes face:
· All children experience anxiety. Anxiety in children is expected and normal at specific times in development. Young children may have short-lived fears, such as fear of the dark.
· Anxious children are often overly tense or uptight. Some may seek a lot of reassurance, and their worries may interfere with activities.
· Parents should not dismiss a child’s fears. Because anxious children may also be quiet, compliant and eager to please, their difficulties may be missed. Parents should be alert to the signs of severe anxiety so they can intervene early to prevent complications.
There are different kinds of anxiety:
- Depression is a treatable illness.
- Depression is defined as an illness when the feelings of depression persist and interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to function.
- About 5 percent of children and adolescents in the general population suffer from depression at any given point in time.
- Children under stress, who experience loss, or who have attentional, learning, conduct or anxiety disorders are at a higher risk for depression.
- Depression also tends to run in families.
- Children and adolescents who are depressed may say they want to be dead or may talk about suicide. Depressed children and adolescents are at increased risk for committing suicide.
- Depressed adolescents may abuse alcohol or other drugs as a way of trying to feel better.
- Children and adolescents who cause trouble at home or at school may also be suffering from depression. Because the youngster may not always seem sad, parents and teachers may not realize that troublesome behavior is a sign of depression.
Click here to read the symptoms of depression.
Other Childhood Disorders: