Disorders & Strategies

Mental health disorders in children and adolescents involve an interplay of many complex factors.  While parents, educators, and other child serving professionals are not expected to be mental health experts, having general knowledge about common disorders can help those who live and work with children develop and deliver effective support strategies.

A really good resource for child serving professionals is the new SAMHSA publication, Identifying Mental Health & Substance Use Problems of Children and Adolescents – A Guide for Child Serving Orgs. This guide is written for personnel working in child-serving organizations and the families of the children (birth–12 years) and adolescents (13–22 years). Its purpose is to address the approaches, methods, and strategies used to identify mental health and substance use problems of high-risk children or youth in settings that serve either a broad spectrum of children and adolescents or a high-risk population. The seven settings addressed are: child welfare, early care and education, family/domestic violence/runaway shelters, juvenile justice, mental health and substance abuse treatment for co-occurring disorders, primary care and schools and out-of-school programs.

We also have several resources that address major mental health diagnoses as well as strategies to assist children and youth who face these challenges. Click on a mental health topic below to learn about the most common mental health disorders impacting children and adolescents, including a sample of related school and home intervention and support strategies.

Anxiety Disorders

Asperger Syndrome

Attachment Disorders

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Bipolar Disorder


Eating Disorders

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress

Substance Abuse

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