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How do you treat mental illness in children?

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Experts are still figuring out which treatments work best for which conditions. For now, it's often the same as for adults:

  • Medication, including antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, stimulants, mood stabilizing drugs, and antipsychotics
  • Psychotherapy, such as supportive, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, group, and family therapy
  • Creative therapies, such as art therapy or play therapy, especially with young children who can't communicate thoughts and feelings well

From: Mental Illness in Children WebMD Medical Reference

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National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 22, 2018

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National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 22, 2018

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