Children's Mental Health Conditions There are a number of conditions, situations and disorders which can affect the mental well-being of a child or adolescent. Click here for a list of these condition, situations and disorders.

The National Institute of Mental Health has a listing of the most common disorders affecting mental health.

Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common emotional problem in children. Children with crippling worries about many things, big or small may deal with anxiety issues. Though this is norma…

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

All children find it hard to pay attention at times. With tons of things on their minds and not truly knowing how to control it, this behavior may seem normal. However, if …

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Many children, and especially adolescents, experience mood swings as a normal part of growing up. Although these are normal issues when going through childhood, when these …

Bullying

Bullying

Bullying is painful for children and frustrating for parents. It can be difficult to protect kids who are vulnerable and intervene effectively when a child is being bullied…

Child Abuse

Child Abuse

The statistics on physical child abuse are alarming. It is estimated hundreds of thousands of children are physically abused each year by a parent or close relative. Thousa…

Conduct Disorder

Conduct Disorder

Many children diagnosed with Conduct Disorder (CD) are often viewed as “bad” or delinquent rather than mentally ill. If your child has repetitive and persistent patterns of…

Depression

Depression

Not only adults become depressed. Children and teenagers also may have depression, as well. The good news is that depression is a treatable illness. Depression is defined a…

Eating Disorder

Eating Disorder

Parents frequently wonder how to identify symptoms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia. These disorders are characterized by a preoccupation with food and a distortion of body …

Military Families

Military Families

1 in 5 children suffer from mental illness. That’s 80,000 children in Bexar County alone. And only 1 in 5 of those children who suffer from mental, emotional, or behavioral…

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

It is not unusual for children to be oppositional from time to time. Defying authority when tired, hungry, stressed or upset is a normal concern for most parents. However, …

Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders

Teen Personality Disorder is a disorder that causes teenagers to have an unhealthy way of thinking which affects their behavior and how they relate to people and situations…

Substance Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorders

Use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens is very common and can have serious consequences. Recurrent adolescent substance use contributes to personal distress, poor scho…

Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Certain problems increase the chances of suicidal thoughts in children and teens. Other problems may trigger a suicide attempt.