Common Mental Disorders in Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

This disorder is characterized by an inability to focus on one task, and their focus is easily swayed by other things. If left undiagnosed, this can be brought into adulthood. It is important to recognize the early symptoms so that the child is given the necessary help. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder 

A developmental disorder that affects the child’s social ability which is characterized by strange social behavior and difficult communication with them. ASD is an umbrella term that encompasses many forms and conditions that affect communication and development. 


This is a medical condition that is characterized by deep, severe sadness that goes beyond normal sadness or grief. It is difficult to clinically diagnose this without seeking professional help, thus it is important to be vigilant for signs of depression. 


This is a category of psychiatric diagnoses that cover several disorders such as specific phobias, separation anxiety, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, etc. Anxiety attacks are commonly characterized by physical, emotional, behavioral, or cognitive symptoms. Often, these are similar to the fight or flight response. 

Vigilance and observation are key in monitoring your child’s development. Though every child is unique, look out for definitive, significant symptoms that mark the presence of certain disorders so that the child may be given professional help. 

Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.   

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