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Are children capable of suffering mental illnesses that are not hereditary?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: The majority of mental health problems often surface in the late teens or early twenties or later. However, there are a variety of mental health issues that may surface in early childhood. Clinical depression, phobias, anxiety disorders & many more can emerge & be overlooked unless assessed by appropriate therapists. Referral to a child psychiatrist is often done after a pcp identifies some issues.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Are children susceptible to mental illnesses?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Children usually: Are flexible in how they handle stressors. But children can be vulnerable to some forms of mental illness just as adults are. There are some mental illnesses however, that do not normally present until later in life.

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