Why do children have mental health problems? There really are three potential issues:

  • situational or environmental influences: the child’s parents may be divorced or separating, there may have been a death in the family, the child has experienced trauma, there may be abuse or neglect. Many life events can stress a child


  • genetic predisposition: when there is a family history of mental illness, parent, grand parent, sibling, there is a higher probability that a child may also be impacted by mental illness


  • temperamental differences: children are different in their sensitivity to the environment, capacity to adjust quickly to change and make adaptations to their surroundings. A shy sensitive child will likely have more difficulty separating from its parent when it’s time to go off to school for example.

Any of these issues, or a combination of the problems enhance the potential that a child may have mental health problems.




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