THAT'S WHY EARLY INTERVENTION IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEPING THESE KIDS ON A HEALTHY TRACK.
("Move back you old woman." Ok that's not nice)
MEET KYLE GATEWOOD.
12-YEARS-OLD AND DIAGNOSED WITH EIGHT MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, FROM A-D-H-D TO O-C-D.
"We're pretty sure at some point there will be a diagnosis of bipolar disease as well."
KYLE'S ONE OF 12-MILLION KIDS IN THE U-S WITH MENTAL ILLNESS. AND THE REASON ADS LIKE THESE ARE HITTING THE AIRWAVES.
DOCTOR BELA SOOD SAYS PARENTS OFTEN HAVE A HARD TIME DETERMINING IF THEIR CHILD'S BEHAVIOR IS NORMAL OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS.
"Unfortunately only 20% of them are recognized as having a mental health problem."
SHE SUGGESTS KNOWING YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES. THEY SHOULD SMILE BY TWO MONTHS, SPEAK FIRST WORDS BY A YEAR AND WALK ALONE AT 18 MONTHS.
THEY SHOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO EMOTIONALLY CONNECT TO ADULTS BY THEIR FIRST BIRTHDAY AND PLAY WITH OTHER KIDS BY THREE YEARS OLD. IF NOT, THERE COULD BE A PROBLEM.
AGGRESSION IS ALSO A CUE.
"If that aggressive behavior continues on and it does not abate, then you really need to sit up and pay attention."
44-PERCENT OF MENTALLY ILL KIDS DROP OUT OF SCHOOL.
70-PERCENT IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. THE SIGNS CAME EARLY FOR KYLE. BY THE TIME HE WAS TWO, HE WAS SO AGGRESSIVE. HE'D BEEN KICKED OUT OF SIX DAYCARES. THAT'S WHEN HIS MOM FIRST GOT HELP. WITHOUT IT...
"He would probably be in a locked facility permanently."
INSTEAD HE'S GETTING THE HELP HE NEEDS HERE AT HOME.
IT'S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT KYLE WAS ADOPTED AS A BABY.
FOR MORE WARNING SIGNS ON CHILDHOOD MENTAL ILLNESS, CONTACT THE WICHITA FALLS CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AT 940-397-3187.
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