Programs and Services for Children and Families
Children have a variety of challenges and problems as they grow and develop. One in five children in the U.S. has a diagnosable mental health problem, but only about 1/3 get the help they need to recover.
It is often hard for parents to know and accept when their child’s behavior has gone beyond the bounds of “normal and healthy” and requires professional care. Parents, family members, other caregivers and teachers can all help determine if a child needs professional assistance. Early identification, diagnosis and treatment can help children recover and grow to reach their full potential.
Some signs that a child may have a problem that requires professional assistance include:
- Constant worry or anxiety
- Hyperactivity or fidgeting
- Persistent nightmares
- Persistent disobedience or aggression
- Frequent temper tantrums
- Depression, sadness or irritability
- Repeated refusal to go to school or to take part in normal activities
Any significant change in a child or adolescent’s behavior, mood, social and family relationships and school performance could indicate a larger issue.