Worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Half of all illnesses in mental health begin by the age of 14 … If untreated, these conditions severely influence children’s development, their educational attainments and their potential to live fulfilling and productive lives. ~ World Health Organization
A mental health disorder can be a terrible thing to live through, no matter what age. Unlike adults, however, children often lack the awareness, coping abilities, and resources to acquire treatment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as two in ten children suffer from a mental disorder. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top five mental disorders for children aged 3 to 17 years are:
– Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): 6.8%
– Behavioral or personality disorder: 3.5%
– Anxiety: 3%
– Depression: 2.1%
– Autism and Autism spectrum disorder: 1.1%
Suicide, according to the CDC, “can result from the interaction of mental disorders and other factors.” Relatedly, suicide is the second-leading cause of death in adolescents.
There tends to be some commonality between young people who suffer mental health problems. As such, there are distinctive signs of mental health disorders in children and adolescents.
HERE ARE FIVE SUCH SIGNS:
1. THEY’RE MORE AGGRAVATED
Just like adults, children get stressed out and aggravated. In most cases, child aggravation is triggered by school or peer pressures; however, noticeably intensified aggravation may stem from an underlying mental health disorder.
Children who are developing a mental disorder often make excuses to not go to school or study. Their nerves may trigger headaches, stomachaches, or other pains. Children who appear aggravated and withdrawn may be experiencing bullying or some other issue with a peer or peers.
Relatedly, bullying is quite possibly becoming the number one issue facing school-aged children today. As such, bullying is a severe threat to a child’s mental health