Instructor Kara O’Brien
December 19, 2011
Childhood Mental Health and Wellbeing
Doing the research I can see that there is a lot of mental illness in adults, but we don’t think about children as having mental illness. Many people still feel shame about admitting they are having problems with mental illness. As teachers we need to be aware that children can suffer from many different types of mental illness some are inherited and others are caused by ecological factors. When we look at the fact that 20 to 50 percent of children and teenagers who have some form of depression have some form of depression in their blood relatives (Risk Factors related to Childrens Mental health, 2011). As teachers we can help children learn skills to deal with difficulty dissension will help them benefit throughout their lives.
There are many biological factors that can contribute to mental illness in children. One of the biological factors is that children of parents who suffer depression are three times more likely to suffer from a depressive disorder children of non depressed parents (Risk Factors related to Childrens Mental health, 2011). Our DNA is also a factor in determining if we will develop mental illness. Humans receive 50% of their genetic material from each parent and as a result we can develop a mental disorder that neither parent experiences (Causes of mental illness). There are many environmental factors that can lead to mental illness. The Streptococcus family of bacteria has been linked to the development of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder (PANDA) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Causes of mental illness). Some infections and brain damage at birth or in infancy can increase the risk of developing mental illness (Causes of mental illness). Even something like a traumatic birth and delay in breathing can contribute to the child developing a mental illness later on....