Common Myths about children’s mental health: Ask the Expert

Childrens MentalAccording to the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, there are many myths about mental illness in children. A day to raise awareness about mental disorders affecting children as well as effective mental health services that are available in treating these disorders and ways to promote positive mental health during childhood and adolescence.

A recent report from the National Center for Children in poverty shows that one in five children has a diagnosable mental health disorder.

Mike Brose, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, said “Children's Mental Health: What Every Policymaker Should Know. I think, keep in mind it's to varying degrees, a lot of our kids have a lot of issues and concerns and some of those involve a mental disorder of some type. The prevention side is where we've got to move upstream. Too much is oriented to teaching children and families downstream, which is much worse and more expensive to treat. If we can catch things early they can be addressed much more effectively at much less cost”. Brose also said that human nature makes it difficult. He added “It's a way to remind people that it's out there and it's OK. It's important to ask for help, and it's OK to ask for help.”

It may be noted that Thursday is the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. There are various myths regarding this issue and the most common being “Children or adolescents do not suffer from depression or anxiety disorders. Any problems they have are just a part of "growing up.” To which the experts answer “Like adults, children and adolescents can and do develop severe mental illnesses. In fact, one in 10 children and adolescents in the United States have a mental illness severe enough to cause impairment. However, only about 20 percent of the children diagnosed receive the necessary or needed mental health treatment”.