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Two Questions Accurately Screen Kids For Anxiety


The University of British Columbia developed 2 questions in screening kids for anxiety disorders:

1) Is your child more shy or anxious than other children his or her age?

2) Is your child more worried than other children his or her age?

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness: Myths

Children’s Mental Health Awareness: Myths

Myths About Child Mental Health

Due to the stigma attached to mental health many children do not receive the care that they need. People – adults and children – are afraid  to get help and feel shame about their mental disorder. Here are a few myths about child mental health disorders.

 1. A child with a mental disorder is damaged for life.

Early intervention can be very effective in preventing problems from becoming worse. Managing symptoms and getting treatment will likely stop the effects and increase likelihood for success in the future.

2. Psychiatric disorders result from personal weakness.

It is definitely hard to separate out problems from a personality. Often things like ADHD and aggressiveness can be deemed as just part of one’s personality but some disorders are genetic and have biological origins.

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