Anxiety disorders:

Children with anxiety disorders respond to certain things or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety (nervousness), such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating.They may refuse to interact with other children or avoid going to school.

Disruptive behavior disorders:

Children with these disorders tend to defy rules and often are disruptive in structured environments, such as school.

Pervasive development disorders:

Refers to a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination. Children with these disorders are confused in their thinking and generally have problems understanding the world around them.

Eating disorders:

Eating disorders involve intense emotions and attitudes, as well as unusual behaviors, associated with weight and/or food.

Elimination disorders:

These disorders affect behavior related to the elimination of body wastes (feces and urine).

Mood disorders: 

These disorders involve persistent feelings of sadness and/or rapidly changing moods.


This is a serious disorder that involves distorted perceptions and thoughts.

Tic disorders :

These disorders cause a person to perform repeated, sudden, involuntary and often meaningless movements and sounds, called tics.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental-health condition that has characteristics of difficulty concentrating, controlling impulses, and/or excessive activity.

Symptoms of Mental Illness in Children

Children’s symptoms vary depending on the type of mental illness, but some of the general symptoms could be seen as :

  • Changes in school performance, such as poor grades despite good efforts
  • Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Inability to deal with daily problems and activities
  • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Excessive complaints of physical ailments
  • Defying parents or teachers, skipping school, stealing, or damaging property
  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Persistent negative moods, often accompanied by poor appetite and thoughts of death
  • Anger outbursts
  • Loss of interest in friends and activities they usually enjoy
  • Significant increase in time spent alone
  • Excessive worrying or anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Persistent nightmares or night terrors
  • Persistent disobedience or aggressive behavior
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Hearing voices inaudible to others or seeing things that are nonexistent

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