Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
Learn more about specific mental health problems and where to find help.
Recovery from mental disorders and/or substance abuse disorders is a process of change through which individuals:
- Improve their health and wellness
- Live a self-directed life
- Strive to achieve their full potential
Depending on the type, how serious and how long your child has had the symptoms, your pediatrician or child psychiatrist may prescribe medication for your child. Often, medication is prescribed with some type of behavioral treatment, such as counseling. However, in an increasing number of cases, especially in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), some providers may only prescribe medication. Parents and caregivers often are very concerned when they first learn that their child might be prescribed medication. It can be a scary idea. But in most cases, parents find that medication can be a helpful tool in relieving their child’s symptoms. Questions about your child’s medication should be directed to your pediatrician or the prescribing physician.
It is not likely that your child will take medications forever. How serious and what type of diagnosis your child has will affect how long your child will need his/her medications. The prescribing clinician should assess your child on an ongoing basis to see if medications are still needed. Over medication is also a concern for some parents and if your child is taking a combination of psychiatric medications, it is suggested that your doctor assess your child on an ongoing basis.
Like other health problems your child may face, many mental health problems take care of themselves with time and the right treatment. It is important to get treatment for your child when problems first happen to help stop them from getting more serious. Some disorders can last a lifetime, but many children will respond well to treatment and may improve with time.
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- Amerigroup Florida
- Better Health
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- Positive Health
- South Florida Community Care Network
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- United Healthcare of Florida
- Kidcare/Healthy Kids
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