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Why is it hard to diagnose mental illness in children?

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Like adults, a diagnosis is based on signs and symptoms that suggest a particular disorder. But this process can be especially challenging with children. Many behaviors that are seen as symptoms -- shyness, anxiety or nervousness, strange eating habits, temper tantrums -- happen as a normal part of development.

These become symptoms when they happen very often, last a long time, show up at an unusual age, or significantly disrupt the child's or their family's life.

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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