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.

Are my child’s problems caused by something I did?

It is a common feeling for parents to blame themselves for their children’s issues. Children’s mental health issues are a result of many different things including biological (genes), environmental, family, and individual factors. It is helpful for parents and caregivers to take an active role in their child’s treatment. But blaming yourself for your child’s issues will not help you or your child.

Some disorders are biologically linked and children are more likely to have some problems if close family members suffer from these problems. There are no known psychiatric disorders that are 100% hereditary. If a child’s parent has a certain mental health concern, it does not mean the child will suffer from the same difficulty. However, if the child’s parent does have a psychiatric issue, it does increase the risk for the child to have similar difficulties. The way your child develops is due to both heredity (biology) and their environment.

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