Children struggling with mental health disorders often go unseen because of misconceptions, stigma, and lack of appropriate professional services. We all know someone who needs help.
The stories below are composites of typical patients. Names, events and images have been changed to protect patient privacy.
At the age of 6, Grace was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and social anxiety disorder. During first grade, her fidgeting, talking out of turn, and classroom interruptions resulted in 17 trips to the principal's office. Grace couldn't control what was happening to her. School became a negative experience. She was scared. At home, Grace would hide, scream, and cry that she didn't want to go to school. One morning she became so upset, shaking and vomiting, that her mother took her to the emergency room.
The world has been unforgiving to Jamal. He has never understood why. By age 7, he witnessed things a child shouldn't see. He has been exposed to drug use, neglect, and the abuse of his mother. Lashing out at the world, he struck his grandmother, broke a car window, and ran away. He feels alone. He is scared and angry. CAP helps children like Jamal learn coping skills and techniques to overcome traumatic experiences.
Depression has haunted Samantha for as long as she can remember. She is only 14. Her life has been a constant struggle with sadness, something she couldn't explain or overcome. Her parents thought she'd grow out of it. Sam felt trapped and alone. It wasn't until her mom walked in on Sam cutting herself that she realized the extent of her daughter's pain and the need for help. CAP sees patients like Samantha and supports the entire family with tools that provide respite and resilience during life's most difficult challenges.
Ken was a patient at UnityPoint Health - Meriter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) when he was struggling with anxiety, depression and suicide attempts. Please take a few minutes to listen to his story and hear how CAP saved his life. Meriter is expanding its facility to care for more kids, like Ken.
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