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Children and Mental Illness

by: Maureen Sandler

Children and Mental Illness SPSY 0828 002

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The affects that mental illnesses have on children and how they are different compared to adults.
Meaning of Maddness
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Date Created: 10/13/16
Meaning of Madness­ Children and Mental Illness I. How are children different compared to adults? a. Development still, cannot completely diagnose b. Cannot express how they are feeling c. May not realize that their behavior/experience isn’t normal d. Others might be affected by their behavior and recommend them i. Adults refer themselves II. How common is mental illness in children? a. A little over 13% i. ADHD 8.6%, Mood Disorders 3.7% III. Signs of mental illness in children a. Mood swings/ behavioral changes b. Changes in sleep patterns c. Loss of interest in activities and personal relationships d. Poor concentration e. Appetite changes; weight loss f. Intense feelings of emotion g. Physical contact (pain inducing) h. Symptoms shown in body/physical appearance i. Stomach issues and sleep problems most common 1. Stomach hurting­ may be described as a stomach pain  rather than anxiety or signs of another mental illness IV. Schizophrenia a. Rare disorder in children; usually before the age of 13 b. Develops for the majority in teenagers to adults (15­30) c. 1:10,000 children d. 3 years old is the youngest age known to be diagnosed with schizophrenia e. More common in males than females; 2:1 V. ADHD a. Extremely common and more common every year i. International­ 5­7% in children and adults b. Increase in children i. Rise from 7.8% to 11% c. More common in males than females (13.2% compared to 5.6%) d. Average age is 7 years old i. When “real school” starts and nap time and extensive amounts of  recess are no longer prevalent VI. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) a. Emotional Disturbance i. Attributions to one or more of the following criteria may affect how  well a child will perform educationally 1. An issue with learning that cannot be explained 2. Cannot keep/maintain relationships with those in the  classroom 3. Inappropriate forms of behavior 4. Overall unhappiness 5. Physical symptoms and overall fears a. Only applies to children that are emotionally  disturbed, not just signs of a bad behavior b. Autism category c. Those with ADHD may not be considered to be  “emotionally disturbed”


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