Helping Youth with Mental Disorders

In the world today there are many different types of mental disorders. Down syndrome, autism, bipolar and schizophrenia, just to name few. Let’s take a moment to define what mental illness is. According to Wikipedia, they define mental disorder or mental illness as a psychological or behavioral pattern that occurs in a person and is thought to cause distress and or disability that is not expected as a normal development or culture.

Mental disorders do not have a define cause. There can be numerous reasons why a person has or developes a mental disorder. Some causes stem from prenatal damage, genetic, substance abuse, maybe not enough oxygen getting to the brain. Whatever the cause, our youth and adults can be helped.

First we must show our youth lots of love. Don’t make them feel like they are less than anyone. Let your conversation always be positive with them. Give as much encouragement as possible.

If your youth is in school, talk to a counselor about having him or her tested. Also have your youth see a psychologist so that they can be diagnosed. Once a name has been given to the mental illness then you are better able to move forward in helping your youth. Do some research on the type of disorder you are dealing with. Knowledge is power, and you will need as much as you can get.

I have personally had to deal with autism and schizophrenia, and I must say it is not easy. Much love and patience is needed. The one that is most recent for me to learn about is schizo. Nurses that I have worked with, informed me that this mental disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance. And once all test have been done, it can be helped with proper medication. But there is one problem, I’m dealing with an adult, and he want get tested cause he doesn’t feel that anything is wrong with him. By the way, this young man is my son. Because he doesn’t think he has a problem, he refuses to be tested, and I can’t force him. I knew when he was a child that there was a problem, and took him to be tested but they never diagnosed him with anything. That came since he has been an adult. So I’m limited to what I can do. But if you’re having your youth tested be sure to request that he or she be tested for that.

The one that is autistic is doing great. There are many support groups out there for you to use. Also, there are many classes you and your youth can attend to help you along the way. There are state supported agencies that you can sign up for, with social workers who can help you with much needed information and programs that will be of value to you.