Understanding Kids’ Mental Health

It’s easy to know what to do when a child has a sore throat or breaks a bone. But what do you do when there’s a mental health need?

A child’s mental health needs may not be as easily recognized and you may not know where to start.

Learn about when to be concerned about a child’s development or their mental health, how to find a mental health provider, the different types of mental health professionals, and what to expect at a counseling appointment.

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Understanding Types of Mental Health Providers

Who are all of the mental health professionals treating my child? What’s the difference between psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists and counselors?

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When to Worry About Your Child's Mental Health

Children act up and sometimes have challenging behaviors. How can you tell if it’s a phase or a warning sign that needs help?

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How to Find a Mental Health Provider

Finding a mental health provider can be really challenging. Here are tips on navigating the mental health care system.

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What to Expect at Counseling

How do you know if you’ve found a good therapist? What does children’s mental health therapy look like? What are some good questions to ask?

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When You're Worried About Your Child's Development

Kids develop at different rates but there are milestones and things to look for. If you’re concerned your child may be falling behind, what should you do?

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Kids and Teens

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes excessive worrying or intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that often leads to rituals (compulsive behaviors) and can get in the way of school and home life. There are treatments available for children with OCD. What does OCD look like in kids and teens?

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Role of Psychiatrists in Children’s Mental Health

What are children’s psychiatrists and what do they do? How often will your child need to see a psychiatrist?


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