They can suffer from the same type of mental illnesses that adults suffer from, but their thought processes are very different, so they need to be approached in a special way.
Although children can easily fall prey to psychological disorders such as clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder, they can manifest their symptoms in very different behaviours from adults.
At Teenage Mental Health we focus on helping children who are suffering some form of mental imbalance, working with the child to help them think through and process the problems that they are experiencing, at a rate that they are comfortable with.
Whilst children will often present differently, child therapy deals with many of the same mental health issues as its adult counterpart – depression, grief and anxiety, and these are all common conditions child therapy can help with.
It is so important to seek treatment early, often problems presenting in childhood, that are left untreated, are likely to follow a patient into adulthood and have the potential to impact upon all aspects of the child's life such as educational development, social interactions and career success.