Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

How does my child’s gender impact mental health issues?

Both boys and girls can have mental health concerns and sometimes these issues show themselves in different ways. The way in which mental health issues develop depend on many things, but the child’s gender can have a role. Because boys and girls are often socialized in different ways, boys often show outward signs of anger, aggression and acting out behaviors. Girls on the other hand sometimes tend to hold in these feelings and this can lead to problems, such as depression, anxiety and other “internalized” disorders. However,  new research has shown that the differences in the way in which girls and boys experience mental health issues is getting smaller. For girls, as they develop and have relationships, treatment that focuses on relationships and is sensitive have been found to be very helpful. Some agencies and providers offer gender sensitive counseling and services designed for the needs of girls. As a parent or caregiver, you know your child best and can help point to the issues and concerns that will be most important when finding the right help.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. During the month of May, many organizations will highlight the importance of mental health and conduct events related to treatment and support. In Connecticut, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is a great local resource. Also, you can search our resource database for help by clicking here.  You can also search for a CT Provider trained in certain evidence-based practices by clicking here.