Early Childhood Mental Health

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has released a brief that details the various mental health problems that arise in children during the early years if neglected or if they are in a child care environment that does not stimulate the brain properly.

Significant mental health problems can and do occur in young children. Children can show clear characteristics of anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, at a very early age. That said, young children respond to and process emotional experiences and traumatic events in ways that are very different from adults and older children. Consequently, diagnosis in early childhood can be much more difficult than it is in adults.”

To see the overview video, click here.

For the full brief, click here.

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