Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?

If you think that your child might be suffering from a particular condition, but has yet to be diagnosed, it is worthwhile speaking to other parents, and researching the behaviour that your child is displaying. Self diagnosis is not recommended, but this website is full of information and advice that …

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Attachment Disorders in Children

Attachment disorders are conditions in which infants and young children fail to establish any sort of emotional bonding with their primary caregivers. This means that the baby or child’s emotional needs of love, comfort, affection, care and nurturing, go unmet in the first few years of life. Understanding the types, …

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

All kids go through difficult stages and could sometimes be described as “oppositional.” There is an enormous difference between the normal defiance seen in two year olds (they don’t call it the ‘terrible twos’ for nothing!) and the early teen years though and the chronic condition referred to as Oppositional …

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

All kids worry sometimes but in children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the worries are pervasive, invading the child’s thoughts and compelling them toward behaviours that help them to cope with their anxiety. It is estimated that about 1% of children in the UK suffer from OCD and it is …

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Major Depressive Disorder

Once thought to be an “adult” condition, major depressive disorder is being recognised earlier in life than in previous decades. Also called clinical depression or unipolar depression, children and adolescents are being increasingly diagnosed with this condition, allowing for early intervention and treatment. Risk Factors A clear link exists in …

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Tourette’s Disorder

Tourette’s Disorder also called Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a complex medical condition and according to the Tourette Syndrome Association, can be described as “a movement disorder, neurological condition, or a neuro-psychiatric condition.” Those affected with Tourette Syndrome display tics – movements and verbal utterances that are difficult or impossible for …

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Adjustment Disorders

An adjustment disorder is an extraordinary emotional reaction to a difficult event. In children these events may include the death of a loved one, parental divorce, being sent to boarding school, or a serious illness (in themselves or a loved one). This type of mental illness is stress related, and …

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop in children after they have lived through a particularly traumatic event. These events include natural disasters, violent crimes, rape and sexual assault, transportation accidents and war. Not all children who live through a traumatic event will develop PTSD, but in general, girls develop …

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Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism occurs when children who are otherwise able to speak and understand language are unable to speak in specific social settings. For example, a selectively mute child may speak at home but be unable to speak at nursery or school. It is believed that Selective Mutism is related to …

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Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression

Bipolar Disorder is also known as Manic Depression. Children living with Bipolar Disorder suffer from extraordinary changes in their moods (from the manic to the depressed), energy levels (again, from the manic to the depressed), thinking and behaviour. Until recently there were few diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder made in children, …

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