Taking care of mental health is a priority of life. Problem is that not many people are aware of the conditions of their own mental health, let alone they know about their children. If a child does not grow up to make a habit to take care of their own mental health, they are certainly going to get overwhelmed when they are in a difficult situation like uncertain life changes or moving to a new place, making friends, bear responsibilities while they age.
Data and statistical facts from CDC are showing numbers that can make anyone get scared of. What is scarier is that millions of children in America, aging from 3-17, are suffering from depression and anxiety. This is something troubling and needs immediate attention to get medical help. The more common mental health a child suffers from among the others are Attention-Deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD), anxiety, and behavior disorder.
ADHD begins when a person is in their childhood and can persist into adulthood. According to a nation parents survey in 2016, 6.1 million children diagnosed with ADHD. Children with ADHD also had at least one other if not many other disorders, including behavior disorder and mental disorder.
There are different kinds of symptoms people may experience with ADHD:
- Mood: Children with ADHD may face constant mood swings. Also, they may feel anger, excitement, boredom, and anxiety. These are very problematic because they might lead people to do something self-destructive.
- Cognitive: Absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, and having trouble focussing are the cognitive behavior for people with ADHD.
- Behavioral: They may often feel restless and do something inappropriate in different situations. They may feel irritability and lack of restrain in day-to-day life.
Mostly speaking with the person and have them take meditation is a way to treat people with ADHD. The treatments include psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions. A talk therapy focused on negative thoughts and emotional responses is important for the treatment. Anger management is very important for their mental health. This includes practicing mindfulness and minimize destructive emotional outbursts. Counseling them on personal life such as school, work, etc are also important of their treatments. The earlier a person can get medical attention, the better it will be for them to get heal. The longer someone suffers from ADHD the longer they will carry a burden they might not get free from.
Children are our future. They will lead and guide our world. If we ignore their mental health, our world will not be the same as we struggle to nurture it. We must not leave our children alone and burden them with difficulties. If we make sure they get great mental health, they will make sure our world is a better place as long as they live in it.