The National Institutes of Health (NIMH) maintains their steady release of free, evidence-based mental health resources for the general public with their latest ebook, “Treatment of Children with Mental Disorders.” Parents who are faced with child behavior problems and are uncertain what to do may find this publication’s easy-to-read question and answer format to be very helpful. Healthcare providers should know too that these NIMH ebook publications make for great patient handouts.
As with all NIMH mental health resources, “Treatment of Children with Mental Disorders” provides a basic evidence-based overview of relevant statistics (called epidemiology) and available treatment options. The author highlights the importance of the need to discriminate among a child’s reaction to a truly stressful event and chronic non-situational mental distress, and then provides guidance on how to assess the seriousness of pediatric misbehavior and when to seek treatment. Pharmacological (i.e., psychotropic medications) and psychological treatment options discussed. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is emphasized as an excellent as a stand alone or adjunct treatment. The author states that,
“Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that can be used with children. It has been widely studied and is an effective treatment for a number of conditions, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety. A person in CBT learns to change distorted thinking patterns and unhealthy behavior. Children can receive CBT with or without their parents, as well as in a group setting. CBT can be adapted to fit the needs of each child. It is especially useful when treating anxiety disorders.”
Download the PDF ebook “Treatment of Children with Mental Disorders”