New report guides pediatricians on how to care for kids' mental health
It’s estimated that one in every five children suffers from a mental disorder such as anxiety and depression that could impact their health into adulthood, yet few kids receive the treatment and services they need.
Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing a new report that provides pediatricians with guidance on how to help children with mental health challenges.
Dr. Cori Green is a pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine. She says, “There is a huge shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists and increasing prevalence of these problems. We can help play a more effective role so that more children get recognized and into treatment.”
The report calls on pediatricians to recognize and address trauma and other threats to children’s mental health. Dr. Green says, “The big disorders right now that are more prevalent and probably within the scope of a pediatrician are things like ADHD, anxiety, depression.”
18 year old Kennedy Campbell has been dealing with anxiety since she was in daycare at age 3. She says, “I didn’t talk to anybody for 6 months, so they just thought I was just really shy.”
Her anxiety would leave her unable to speak. Doctors finally diagnosed her with an anxiety disorder known as selective mutism. Campbell says, “talking is like overwhelming and a lot of people with this disorder don’t speak outside of the home.”
Her mom, Theresa Wilson Coney, says “it would have been helpful if the doctors had diagnosed her earlier.”
Campbell founded Arts for Anxiety, which encourages people to use the arts to help with their symptoms.
“I feel very happy that I can inspire children and let them know they aren’t alone dealing with this anxiety because I felt alone,” she said.
She also receives counseling and therapy which she says has helped her overcome her anxiety and find her voice.
You can see CBS This Morning's live special "Stop The Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health" this Wednesday, October 23.
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