Child and Adolescent Mental Health Problems/Diagnoses
A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s brain. It causes difficulties in thinking, feeling, behaving and relating to others. In children, more serious behavior or psychological problems are sometimes called emotional disturbances instead of mental illnesses. To help you understand specific mental health problems (or diagnoses) for children and adolescents, we have prepared summaries that include links to other sources of information for:
Each summary includes easy-to-read answers to these important questions:
- What is this mental health issue?
- What causes it?
- How can it be treated?
- Where can I get additional information about it?
- What are the Westchester County resources for treatment of this problem?
For help finding a professional skilled in treating mental health problems, contact our Information and Referral Service at (914) 345-0700 ext. 7303 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or consult our guide to finding the right therapist.
Read Suicide in Children/Adolescents to learn the warning signs, who is at risk, how you can help and for other information.
For information about mental health problems (diagnoses) for adults, please see our section on adult diagnoses.