Mental Illness in Children Directory
Mental illness in children is just as serious as mental illness in adults. From bipolar disorder and depression to phobias and personality disorders, child mental problems should be handled carefully with a team of doctors and family to provide medical care, love, and support. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how to spot mental illness in children, how it is treated, and much more.
Teens and Binge Eating
Approximately 4 million people in the United States have binge-eating disorder, binging without purging, and a large number of those are teens.
A Look at Mental Illness in Children
An overview of mental illness in children.
Skin Picking Disorder (Excoriation)
A look at the symptoms, treatment, and causes of skin picking disorder (excoriation), a condition in which people repeatedly try to pick at scabs, scars, and other areas of the skin.
Reactive Attachment Disorder
Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) occurs in children who have been neglected and are unable to form a healthy emotional attachment with their primary caregivers.
When Your Child is Anorexic
For worried parents, there may be some good news: How active you are could be the key to effective treatment.
When Depression Runs in Families
If depression runs in your family, you can help your children identify and cope with the disease.
Childhood Depression: Matter of Life or Death
Because some depressed children appear happy, depression in children can be difficult to diagnose. But many depressed children become suicidal, making diagnosis crucial.
Kids and Antidepressants: A Growing Problem
The FDA warned of a drug-suicide link this year. Are we rushing to medicate our kids or rushing to judgment about drugs that may truly help some of them?
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Closer Look at Depression
What is depression? WebMD provides information on symptoms, tests, and treatments for many types of the disorder.
Slideshow: Bipolar Disorder Overview
Do you or someone you know suffer from bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic depression)? WebMD provides an overview of this disorienting condition that causes extreme shifts in mood.
Phobias Slideshow: What Are You Afraid Of?
Afraid of crowds? Fearful of flying? WebMD investigates common phobias and how they can sometimes seriously affect our lives.