When to Seek Help for Your Child

What Families Can Do When a Child May Have a Mental Illness

If you are worried about your child's mental health, follow your instincts. Unexplained 

changes in your child's behavior and/or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental 

health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental 

illness, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD and autism 

spectrum disorder, and it isn't easy to simplify the range of challenges children face. One 

way to begin if you are concerned is to get an evaluation for your child or teen by a licensed 

mental health professional. Because all children and youth are unique and local mental 

health services, insurance coverage and school services vary from community to community, it is a challenge to find the right kind of help for your child.  


  

As a parent, there are things that you should be concerned with if you see them, such as: 

• A sudden or persistent drop in school performance. 

• Persistently aggressive behavior. 

• Threats to self or others. 

• Substantial mood swings. 

• Hallucinations, paranoia or delusions. 

• Acting very withdrawn, sad or overly anxious. 

• Extreme difficulty interacting with friends and/or siblings. 

• Extreme changes in sleeping and eating patterns. 

• Increased or persistent use of alcohol or drugs. 


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What Families Can Do FACT SHEET

What Families Can Do FACT SHEET

Modifications to Physical Education for Students with Disabilities (In School)

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(ADHD) Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

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(AUTISM) Autism Spectrum Ddisorder in Children from 5 to 19

A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

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(Bipolar Disorder) Also called: Manic Depression

Disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

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IEP Advocacy for Special Education

We offers a variety of special education advocacy programs. Our goal is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for children with disabilities. We will be an advocate for your child. 

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Educational Writer & Author

Besides the role of a professional writer working with families and other professionals in the community, I am also a parent of an individual on the Autism Spectrum that is also diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Bobby Porter

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National Mental Health Resources

If you or someone you know has a mental illness, there are ways to get help. Find local and national resources related to mental illness, mental health disorders and suicide prevention to increase awareness and promote recovery

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