Like many physical illnesses, mental illnesses in children require ongoing treatment. Nowadays, though sometimes it's a normal practice for the specialist to start behavioral treatment first to minimize potential side-effect, many treatment options for children are the same as those used in adults yet different dosage.
A treatment approach on whether involving both drugs and psychotherapy is more effective than either method alone depends on your child's situation, for example: behavioral therapy is suggested for mild depression while behavioral and medications are both suggested for major depression.
Psychotropic medications often used to treat major and severe mental disorders in children include antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, stimulants, and mood stabilizing drugs.
Psychotherapies for the children and the parents address their emotional responses to mental illness.
Common psychotherapies are:
Mental health services for children and adolescents include a wide range of prevention, assessment, counselling, consultation, rehabilitation and referral services facilitated by multiple agencies:
In clusters with the mental health professionals, the children with mental illness and family can develop new skills and positive attitudes to face this challenge.
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