| thewonderfulwa wrote:|
I think a lot children have mental issues that have not been diagnosed even though theyve exhibited signs of a mental disability. Its sad because the parents often ignore the signs until something like this happens.
Yes! Most definitely! Many mental health professionals hesitate to diagnose a child with something major like bipolar, schizophrenia or major depression because of their age. As a result, they may be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder or ADHD until they are older. I disagree with that. I think children should be diagnosed based on the criteria in the DSM-V as well as family history! I think that kids show the criteria for many mental disorders at a younger age than they did 10 years ago!
I am a school psychologist. And at one of my schools, I identified a child as having an emotional disability, but his outside therapist only diagnosed him as having an adjustment disorder. However, when you look at the family history, it is clear that bipolar disorder should be his diagnosis! This child is still in the school causing chaos and there is nothing that we can do. He is a ticking time bomb and all I can do is pray that nothing drastic happens!
Another issue is that in many jurisdictions, children identified as having an emotional disability will remain in general education classes with their non disabled peers. As much as I am a fan of inclusion for students who may grow from it, some kids are so severe that they need to be in a therapeutic program/school with staff trained to work with them!
Mental health professionals and schools need to get serious about mental illness!!!