Mental Health

Introduction

Mental Health refers to a child’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being and adjustment to society. Mental health issues are often addressed by psychiatrists, clinical psychologist, counselors and/or social workers.

Children with many of the conditions specifically addressed on this web site will be seen by mental health professionals as well as professionals dealing with the learning, intellectual or school-based issues.  In fact, children with learning disorders are at much higher risk for emotional and/or mental health issues. Sometimes this is due to the secondary effects of the learning problem, such as stress, lowered self esteem anddepression. Secondary effects also put these children at higher risk for conflicts in the family and in society. On the other hand, mental health issues can be a primary part of the learning or intellectual syndrome. For instance, children with ADHD may also have an anxiety disorder, and other mental health or psychiatric conditions can be associated with autism spectrum and intellectual impairment.

Professionals in the Mental Health Field

  • Mental health issues are often addressed by psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, counselors and/or social workers. Children with many of the conditions specifically addressed on this website will be seen by mental health professionals as well as professionals dealing with the learning, intellectual or school-based issues.
  • Sometimes professionals will use the term “comorbidity” to describe the situation where more than one disorder (say, a mental health condition alongside autism or ADHD) occurs in the same person. Whatever the term used, it is important to recognize that children with learning-related problems may have associated mental health conditions, and that treatment should be sought for both. In fact, each condition and make the other worse, and it is important to examine and treat the whole child—including learning, mental health, and physical development.
  • The area of mental health and psychiatry is quite large and beyond the current scope of this web site. So we refer you to several resources than may be able to help, with a focus on mental health in children who also have learning/school-related issue.

Risk & Secondary Factors

In fact, children with learning disorders are at much higher risk for emotional and/or mental health issues. Sometimes this is due to the secondary effects of the learning problem, such as stress, lowered self esteem and depression. Secondary effects also put these children at higher risk for conflicts in the family and in society. On the other hand, mental health issues can be a primary part of the learning or intellectual syndrome. For instance, children with ADHD may also have an anxiety disorder, and other mental health or psychiatric conditions can be associated with autism spectrum and intellectual impairment.


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