One of several disorders that interrupt normal development in childhood. They may affect a single area of development (specific developmental disorders) or several (pervasive developmental disorders). With early intervention, most specific developmental disorders can be accommodated and overcome.
Early intervention is absolutely essential for pervasive developmental disorders, many of which will respond to an aggressive approach that may combine speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior modification techniques, play therapy, and in some cases medication.
A group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear. These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast heart rate and shakiness.
Behavioral disorders involve a pattern of disruptive behaviors in children that last for at least 6 months and cause problems in school, at home and in social situations.
One of several disorders that interrupt normal development in childhood. With early intervention, most specific developmental disorders can be accommodated and overcome.
A psychological disorder characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
Conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality.
Characterized by an extreme focus on physical symptoms — such as pain or fatigue — that causes major emotional distress and problems functioning.