Children sometimes need psychological help, just like adults do. Treatment typically begins when parents, teachers or school counselors notice that children aren’t functioning as well as they could. Psychologists can help children cope with such problems as anxiety and depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents and stressful events like divorce or a parent’s death.

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology

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  • Children, Youth and Families

    The Children, Youth and Families Office supports the work of the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families and serves as liaison with other APA divisions, related organizations, state associations and federal agencies.

  • Children's Mental Health

    Mental health -- an essential part of children's overall health -- has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work, and in society.