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What Families Can Do When a Child May Have a Mental Illness

If you are worried about your child’s mental health, follow your instincts. Unexplained changes in your child’s behavior and/or mood may be the early warning signs of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder, and it isn’t easy to simplify the range of challenges children face. One way to begin if you are concerned is to get an evaluation for your child or teen by a licensed mental health professional. Because all children and youth are unique and local mental health services, insurance coverage and school services vary from community to community, it is a challenge to find the right kind of help for your child.  For more information, check out What Families Can Do FACT SHEET.