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  Information on Children and Adolescents
An estimated 20% of children and teenagers in the U.S. suffer from a mental illness. According to the Surgeon General, however, only half of them receive treatment. This is especially tragic because with early intervention, many children can recover completely from an early mental illness and others can control the symptoms very well and go on to live happy, productive lives.

Left untreated, a childhood mental illness that could have been treated may develop into a much more serious illness in an adult. If you believe your child may suffer from a mental illness, consult a professional as soon as possible for an evaluation.

Symptoms of mental illness in younger children may include:
  • Changes in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Excessive worrying or anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience and/or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent temper tantrums
Symptoms of mental illness in older children and teenagers may include:
  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive complaints of physical problems
  • Defying authority, skipping school, stealing or damaging property
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Long-lasting negative mood, often along with poor appetite and thoughts of death
  • Frequent outbursts of anger