Some nine million children have serious
emotional problems at any point in time. Yet, only 1 in 5 of these children are receiving appropriate treatment.
When parents or teachers suspect that
a child may have an emotional problem, they should seek a comprehensive evaluation by a mental
health professional specifically trained to work with children and adolescents.
Signs and symptoms of childhood and adolescent
emotional problems may include (see Signs & Symptoms |
parental involvement and support are essential to the overall success of treatment. Depending on
the nature of your child's problems, it may also be important to involve the school, community
agencies, and/or juvenile justice system.
Many states now have laws concerning reasonable
access to specialists. If you have problems or questions, try calling the Department of Insurance,
the Patient Ombudsman/Advocate, or the Department of Consumer Affairs
at your insurance company.