Children's Mental Health
Using surveys like the National Survey of Children’s Health, the CDC found that ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental health diagnoses in children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old. (Please refer to cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html) There are many factors that influence a child in their early, middle, and late childhood. There is the child’s hereditary makeup (what about Uncle Fred?); the environment (we lived in the city for the first 3 years of his life); and personal experiences (we yell a lot in our home – we can’t help it).
Your child seems overactive for his age. Other parents and now his teachers are commenting to you and talking about medication. As a parent, you can become overwhelmed, considering all of these things. You've talked to his pediatrician, who may or may not be helpful. You don't want your child to be stigmatized with a "mental health issue," but you want him or her to be functioning well, learning, making friends, and happy. This is hard! Cognitive behavioral therapy for children and mental health consulting with a child and adolescent specialist can make it easier and help point you to the right professional for your child or provide the right therapy to be successful. Positive attitudes do bring positive outcomes for children, no matter their age!