Common Childhood Disorders: Causes and Treatments

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Seeing your child suffer from a disorder is heart-wrenching. Their smile and laughter resonating your core, knowing their life is met with struggle. Yet, their spirits persist.

An estimated 17-22% of children carry some symptoms of mental disorders. This staggering statistic also provides some form of comfort. Society and science have created awareness for these disorders. Great efforts and practices have helped address issues.

In this article, you’ll learn the common types of childhood disorders, what’s possibly causing them, and how you (the parent) can seek treatment.

The Most Common Childhood Disorders

Are our children more prone to disorders because of our changing environment? Or, is it the result of better identification techniques and awareness? Disorders have always been present in children — we simply did not have the understanding to treat them.

What are the most common childhood disorders? Try:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The disorders we experienced start young. We haven’t quite pinpointed the cause of mental disorders. But, we do believe much of it stems from genetics, trauma, and abnormalities. Environment and relationships also play important roles in mental development.

Treating and Managing Your Child’s Disorder

The only way to approach the disorder is through diagnosis. A trained medical professional or specialist will identify and verify the signs. Then you can begin exploring the options.

What options do you have, as a parent?

Dietary Needs

Consider your child’s diet when factoring their overall well-being. It’s believed a vitamin deficiency has causation with mental health disorders. This includes disorders like depression and irritability.

Besides a healthy diet, factor their liquid ingestion (or lack thereof). Simplythick, a thickening agent, can help children hold down foods when they’re too anxious or resistant to eating. Otherwise, consider engaging your child’s dietary needs by creating enjoyable activities found through cooking.

Creative Outlets

A child may exhibit attention disorders because they lack challenge. This is similar to a lack of creative outlets found in their education and routines. The broad materials simply do not interest the child, so it’s no wonder they’re having trouble concentrating or completing tasks.

Add novelty to routines. This could involve adding gaming elements to create a sense of participation and progression. Or, use interactive learning platforms (ex. Legos or Minecraft: Student Edition) as an educational tool. These items create a novel approach to education — enough to keep their interest.

Routine

Positive actions encourage positive lifestyles. Parents should attune to their children’s need for expression while maintaining routines set to build skills, socialization, and introspectivity. These actions follow what we, parents, do to cope with stress and reach goals.

Routines (ex. chores) do not need ruling with an iron fist. Find a middle-ground between activity and reward — one the child feel compelled to participate. These small accomplishments, along with positive lifestyle/wellness choices, can help stabilize the child’s mental well-being.

Understanding

Your child has a complex range of emotions. They likely understand and know more about the World than you realize. Or, have been exposed or experienced things you’d never have imagined. This is the time for talks — a time for listening.

Open a dialog with your child, giving them a verbal outlet without repercussions, and you introduce incremental progress in handling and overcoming their disorders. This helps both parties identify triggers while creating ample support so they aren’t alone addressing their feelings and disorders.

Stay Strong, Mom

Our public awareness of mental health disorders has increased two-fold in the past decade. We’re no longer seeing disorders as “a tick” or “that’s just how kids act”. We’re no longer taking a blanketed approach of sedating our children with medications, either.

Your child’s disorder will likely follow them throughout their lives. Yet, all is not lost. They can (and will) have a wonderful life with the right identification and treatment. Stay strong, mom, and take action. Visit your family doctor to see how you can help.

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