How to Help Your Kids with Mental Illness

Mental health is important for all of us, including children. Often times we might dismiss abnormal behavior as just a part of growing up or just your child acting out. These might actually be signs that your child is experiencing a mental illness. 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the following are warning signs that you and your child might need to seek help:

  • Often feels anxious or worried

  • Has very frequent tantrums or is intensely irritable much of the time

  • Has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation

  • Is in constant motion, can’t sit quietly for any length of time

  • Has trouble sleeping, including frequent nightmares

  • Loses interest in things he or she used to enjoy

  • Avoids spending time with friends

  • Has trouble doing well in school, or grades decline

For more warning signs and how to help your child seek help, visit NIMH’s website.

Our Youth Program

The Youth Program at GenPsych (ages 8-12) is an outpatient program offering both Partial Care treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programming. Our program aims to help children struggling with various issues such as anxiety, depression, defiance, anger and more. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to reach these children on a more thorough level, leading to widespread change in areas such as self-esteem, behavioral issues and family dynamics.

Before entering the program, each child meets with a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation to determine the extent of any psychiatric issues. We will then begin to create an individualized and appropriate treatment plan for the child. Once admitted, each child is teamed with a therapist that can best meet his or her needs. Click here to read more about our Children’s Programs.

About GenPsych

GenPsych PC is the premier New Jersey mental health outpatient treatment provider with various levels of care. We offer a Partial Care Program, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Individual Outpatient services. GenPsych Specializes in Depression Treatment, Anxiety Treatment, Eating Disorder Treatment and Substance Abuse Treatment.

We offer psychiatric evaluations, medication protocols, substance abuse treatment, group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy at all our locations.


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