Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence


Prevalent Concerns
Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Mood Disorders
Eating Disorders
Personal Adjustment
Anger Management Texas

Children and adolescents sometimes need psychological help, just like adults do. Treatment typically begins when parents, teachers or school counselors notice that children aren’t functioning as well as they could. Counselors can help children and adolescents cope with such problems as anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, conflicts with parents, and stressful events like divorce or a parent’s death. Mental health — an essential part of children and adolescents’ overall health — has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both our physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act on the inside and outside. Research has contributed to the development of more effective treatment and prevention of mental health disorders in children, youth, and families. Such forms of treatment and prevention may include:

  • Individual — e.g., therapy or counseling for those with mental health disorders
  • Peer — e.g., peer-assisted learning programs aimed at improving reading, math, and science
  • Family — e.g., parent education on the needs of children at each stage of development
  • School — e.g., strategies for teachers for effective classroom management
  • Community — e.g., violence prevention programs administered through community/recreational centers or churches
  • Systemic — e.g., coordination of services in the health, juvenile justice, education, and child protection systems