When most people think of mental conditions, they think of adults for obvious reasons – the stress of juggling a career, family, bills, etc. The mental health of children, however, is sometimes overlooked. According to the Surgeon General, roughly 20% of children in the United States suffer from some sort of mental illness each year. Children can experience similar mental and emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and grief. Symptoms of these disorders may manifest themselves as depression, might have emotional outbursts or exhibit behavioral problems.
Benefits of Mental Health Counseling:
- personal empowerment
- the overcoming of demoralization caused by social stigma
- acceptance of life
- personal insight
- life skills
- prevention of future mental health distress
Recently, more children are at risk of developing a mental disorder due to hereditary factors as well as exposure to other factors – divorce, death of a loved one, abuse, poverty, trouble in school, and trouble with peers.
At Better Every Step Today, Inc. we acknowledge mental health as an essential part of a child’s overall health as the mind has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside. In the holistic model, “thoughts” is part of the triad, along with traumas and toxins, which may make your child vulnerable to disease.