Mental Health
Mental Health


Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems.  Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.  

What are childhood mental disorders? 

The term childhood mental disorder means all mental disorders that can be diagnosed and begin in childhood.  Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions. 

Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Mentally healthy children have a positively quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities. 

What are the symptoms of childhood mental disorders? 

Symptoms of mental disorders change over time as a child grows, and may include difficulties with how a child plays, learns, speaks and acts or how the child handles their emotions.  Symptoms often start in early childhood, although some disorders may develop throughout the teenage years.  The diagnosis is often made in the school years and sometimes earlier.  However, some children with a mental disorder may not be recognized or diagnosed as having one.  

Can childhood mental disorders be treated? 

Childhood mental disorders can be treated and managed.  There are many evidence-based treatment options, so parents and doctors should work closely with everyone involved in the child's treatment- teachers, coaches, therapists, and other family members.  Taking advantage of all the resources available will help parents, health professionals and educators guide the child towards success. Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental disorders. 

Copyright- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015