Certain mental health disorders are primarily identified during the childhood developmental period. However, it is possible for an individual to achieve adulthood before a diagnosis is recognized. No clear boundary exists between symptoms of many childhood mental health disorders/concerns and those found in adults.
That being said, I would like to take a moment to empathize with the many parents out there who are grappling with the possibility that your child or children may have a mental disorder. Despite the fact that some disorders are not recognized until adulthood, the best way to help your children reach their fullest potential in life is to get the help and services that they need as soon as possible. The earlier that skills are taught and practiced, the more that your children will learn and apply the strategies into their daily lives.
It is never easy for a parent to admit that something may be wrong with their child. It can take time and acceptance before a parent may decide to begin speaking about their suspicions and then to get help for their child and family. This process of denial, personal acceptance, and finally publicly accepting that your child needs help is normal.
If you are a parent who is currently facing the possibility of your child having a mental health disorder and/or a behavior challenge, I encourage you to reference the symptoms and interventions available on this site. Of even more importance, I encourage you to consult with your child’s pediatrician or a mental health professional about your concerns.
The information contained in this section is not intended to diagnose or treat children, rather it is to help guide you along your journey of supporting your greatest gift – your children!