My Child Was Diagnosed With a Mental Health Condition. Now What?

Hearing that your child has been diagnosed with a mental health condition for the first time can be a frightening moment for a parent. Diagnostic labels–such as depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD — seem daunting, mainly because the stigma surrounding mental health issues impedes access to accurate and current information. The truth is, most mental health conditions are highly treatable. Countless people who live with these conditions lead happy, healthy and productive lives – especially when they have access to early intervention and treatment. “Knowledge is power” when it comes to doing what’s best for a child with a mental health issue. Here are some things to know.