Your child is acting out. Does that mean he has ADHD? Do your daughter's mood swings mean she's plagued by full-blown depression? In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, the Child Mind Institute has launched its annual Speak Up For Kids campaign to help parents process these questions. The goal is to inform the public at large about proper ways to recognize -- and support -- children with an array of mental health issues.
Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of Child Mind, explains on HuffPost that for parents of children with psychiatric disorders, knowledge is power: "[K]ids who are struggling should get help before their impulsivity becomes dangerous, before their anxiety becomes crippling, before their failure in school makes them decide they're 'stupid,' before their disruptive behavior gets them in serious trouble." The more parents know about children's mental health, the more likely they'll be to help their kids "before they miss out on the main task of childhood and adolescence -- learning."
So, how much do you know about autism, anorexia, dyslexia and depression? Help bust the harmful myths that persist about these and other disorders -- for instance, the idea that ADHD is caused by bad parenting -- by taking the quiz below.
For more facts about children's mental health, visit Childmind.org.