Does your child have frequent mood changes? Does he/she experience difficulty in concentrating on studies? If your child has these problems, you can solve them when you can differentiate between myths and facts of mental health.
Children tend to hide their feelings when they experience mental illness. Hence they are difficult to detect and solve. Some children express their emotional problems in offensive ways.
We have various beliefs regarding mental illness which are false. To understand children in their difficult times, it’s necessary to know facts behind these beliefs.
Myth 1: Psychiatric disorders spoil the life of children
Fact: Psychiatric disorder doesn’t mean that the child will suffer for the entire life. Early detection of the diseases is necessary to avoid chronic situations. Any condition like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression or anxiety can be managed effectively when they are diagnosed in the early stages.
Myth 2: Psychiatric problems are a result of personal weakness
Fact: Psychiatric disorder is an illness similar to diabetes, leukemia etc. People believe that these disorders occur due to problems in character, they fail to see the exact cause for mental illness. It can be caused due to genetic and biological reasons. People suffering from these problems need support from family and friends to recover.
Myth 3: Mental illnesses are caused only because of bad parenting
Fact: A child’s mental illness can worsen under the bad influence of his/her parents, but bad parenting is not the cause for the illness. Anxiety, depression etc. are generally caused by biological issues. Parents should support their children when they undergo psychiatric disorders.
Myth 4: Children can recover from illness through willpower
Fact: A disorder is not as simple as mood swing, it is much more complicated, it can disturb childhood. Parents resist sending their children to mental hospitals by the fear that their children will get subjected to severe treatment. Parents fail to understand that their children are immature to solve this condition by themselves. They can receive the required treatment from behavioral therapy.
Myth 5: Medical therapies are of no use
Fact: The treatment of mental disorder no longer involves talk therapy. Nowadays, cognitive-behavioral model is used to analyse the feelings and thoughts that are causing mental illnesses in children. This is a promising therapy, which is effective when incorporated in the early stages of the illness.
Myth 6: Children are given more medication
Fact: People believe in public voices who have no medical experience when they underrate the usage of medicines, people have false belief that doctors recommend medicines to every child they consult. This is not true. Doctors analyse the child thoroughly before suggesting medicines.
Myth 7: Children can recover by themselves
Fact: Mental illnesses cannot be cured by children themselves. Since we know that a child shows symptoms before turning 14, the child should be immediately given effective treatment. In this young age the child’s brain will be more responsive to change and the chances of success of treatment are high. Left untreated, children tend to experience chronic situations like substances abuse, problems in relationships etc.
Now that you have known the facts, you can handle mental illnesses in children effectively. For more information, consult a psychiatrist online at eVaidya now!
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