Resources by Concern
Scroll down to find resources and information on how to help your child if they're experiencing one of the following mental health issues:
Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children. Kids can develop crippling worries about many things, from germs to vomiting to their parents dying. Some anxious kids are painfully shy, and avoid things that other kids enjoy, Some have tantrums and meltdowns, and others develop elaborate rituals, like compulsive hand washing, aimed at diminishing the fear.
Click here to find resources, articles and information about the most common anxiety disorders in children, practical advice for parenting anxious children, and the best treatments—both behavioral therapy and medication—for anxiety.
All kids have their ups and downs, but if your child is unusually irritable, sad or withdrawn for a prolonged period of time she may be showing signs of depression. Depression is more than moodiness — it can affect all parts of a child’s life, including behavior, appetite, energy level, sleep patterns, relationships and academic performance.
Click here to find expert information on spotting and understanding different kinds of depression in children and adolescents, and how to get the most effective treatment for your child.
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find it unusually difficult to concentrate on tasks, to pay attention, to sit still, and to control impulsive behavior. Some children with ADHD exhibit mostly inattentive behaviors and others predominantly hyperactive and impulsive. But the majority of those with ADHD have a combination of both, which can make it very difficult for them to function in school, and create a lot of conflict at home.
Children Struggling with Learning
When children are struggling with learning, it can be challenging to know how to help.
Click here to see descriptions of the kinds of learning and attention disorders that might be affecting a child and how they’re diagnosed. We also explore the kinds of specialists who offer help, and how they work with kids to find learning styles that empower them to succeed.
Mindfulness has emerged as powerful tool to help children (and parents!) with a wide range of concerns, from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders to depression and stress.
To give parents a better picture of how mindfulness can help kids, we’ve put together information on how it works, how it can be used at home and in school, and the role mindfulness can play in treating a variety of mental health issues.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact our county hotline at 1-209-468-8686, National Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room / hospital.