Educational Writer & Author &
MA, Behavioral Health & Clinical Psychology South University of Georgia
Mr. Bobby Porter.
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• Acting very withdrawn, sad or overly anxious.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.
What Families Can Do FACT SHEET
A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
Disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
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.
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
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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