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Mental Health Disorders in Childhood

Dr. Kusum Yadav

When children develop mental or emotional disorders, parents often blame themselves. But childhood disorders are likely caused by a combination of many factors. It is important to recognize the problem and seek treatment as soon as possible.


A number of mental health disorders may occur in childhood. However, many children have mental health problems that interfere with normal development and functioning.

Estimated that a very few children receive needed treatment. Recent evidence compiled by the World Health Organisation indicates that by the year 2020, childhood neuropsychiatric disorders will rise proportionately by over 50%, internationally, to become one of the five most common causes of morbidity, mortality, and disability among children.

Because of the seemingly carefree nature of their lives, children have been thought not to suffer from mental and emotional disorders. Learning and conduct disorders, substance abuse, conditions such as autism and depression, and suicide are common.

When children develop mental or emotional disorders, parents often blame themselves. But childhood disorders are likely caused by a combination of many factors. It is important to recognize the problem and seek treatment as soon as possible.

Often these conditions can be treated effectively, allowing our children to grow into happy, productive adults.

For those who do not believe in homoeopathy, it is necessary to highlight here that the repression of mental disorders with allopathic need may lead to other physical health problems. Homeopathy+Allopathy treats an individual & not the disease & so it should be the much.

Types of Childhood Disorders
Recognizing and understanding some of the disorders common in children is the first step.

Mood Disorders
Major depression, manic depressive disorder (also called bipolar disorder) and mania are disorders which cause change in a child's mood. Depression is considered to be the most common mental disorder. It is often mistaken for "the blues" and therefore goes untreated. Depression is caused by a number of factors, from chemical imbalances to environmental influences to genetics.

Major depression causes people to feel hopeless, exhausted and useless. More than changes in mood, major depression can cause problems with sleep, appetite, self-esteem, daily activities and physical health.

Manic depressive disorder (bipolar disorder) causes swings from deep depression to abnormal elation or "highs."

Hyperactivity, scattered ideas, easy distraction, irritability and recklessness also occur in bipolar disorder during manic episodes.

Anxiety Disorders
Certain fears are common in children. But when they don't go away with time, they may be a sign of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders come in many forms and may be experienced differently in each person. However, their common factor is a feeling of constant terror, dread or worry beyond one's normal reactions to danger.

Phobias are irrational fears of objects or situations which cannot be overcome with reasonable explanations or actions.

Not to be confused with simple childhood fears that go away with time, like a fear of the dark, phobias are so extreme that they cause major disruption to the victim's life.

Specific phobias are typically fears of particular objects or situations. The most common are fears of animals, fears of heights, fears of enclosed spaces and fears of flying.

Social phobias cause people to dread being watched or humiliated while doing something of a social nature, such as eating a meal or giving a speech, due to expectation of negative evaluation. Some people with social phobias fear and avoid any contact with others.

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