A research carried out to ascertain the actual time majority of the mental health disorders often seen in adults set in, says, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. There is always the need for earlier detection of the disorders, because, once they fully set in, they become regular part of your child’s behaviors.
According to the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), emotional and behavioral disorders affect 10-15 percent of children globally. Also, in any given year, about 20% of American children will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder which is severe enough to seriously affect their daily functioning.
Health professionals say the following mental health disorders begin in early childhood, but be assured that their early diagnosis and treatment will surely help children later in life:
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD, the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in childhood. Symptoms includes difficulty in concentrating, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD exhibit the symptoms frequently at schools, home, etc. And this could affect the child’s ability to succeed. Fortunately, scientists have proven many ways (medication, therapy, etc.) at least to treat it in order to make children suffering from the disorder able to function properly.
A brain disorder that is characterized by intense alterations in cognition and emotion. Schizophrenia is found among people between the ages of 16 and 25, but can occur as early as eight or nine years.
The mental health disorder causes distorted thoughts i.e. thoughts filled with hallucinations and delusions making one unable to distinguish what is real from what is not (USDHHS, 1999).
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
A life-long neurological condition that is present at birth. ASD affects children’s ability to communicate and interact with others; children with this disorder have mental retardation, language delays and are unable to form emotional connection with other people.