Facts For Families Guide

FFFNot all children grow from infancy through their adolescent years without experiencing some bumps along the way. While every child is unique and special, sometimes they encounter emotions, feelings or behavior that cause problems in their lives and the lives of those around them. Families often worry when their child or teenager has difficulty coping with things, feels sad, can't sleep, gets involved with drugs, or can't get along with family or friends.

AACAP's Facts for Families provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. AACAP provides this important information as a public service and the Facts for Families may be duplicated and distributed free of charge as long as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is properly credited and no profit is gained from their use.

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ADHD & the Brain

Adolescent Development Part 1

Adolescent Development Part II

Adopted Children

Advocating For Your Child

Afterschool Activities: Striking the Right Balance

Alcohol Use in Families

Anxiety and Children

Aspergers Disorder

Attachment Disorders

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Bipolar Disorder In Children And Teens


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Child Abuse - The Hidden Bruises

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Children and Divorce

Children Having Children

Chores and Children

Chronic Illness and Children

College Students with ADHD

Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation

Concussions and Children

Conduct Disorder

Continuum of Mental Health Care

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Day Care: Making it a Good Experience

Death of Pets: Talking to Children

Delirium in Children and Adolescents

Depression in Children and Teens

Disaster: Helping Children Cope


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Diversity and Culture in Child Mental Health Care

Domestic Violence and Children

Drinking Alcohol in Pregnancy (Fetal Alcohol Effects)

Driving and Teens

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Eating Disorders in Teens

Encopresis: Problems with Soiling and Bowel Control

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Fighting And Biting

Finding Mental Healthcare for Children of Immigrants

Firearms and Children

Foster Care

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Gangs and Children

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Adolescents

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grief and Children

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Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)

Hearing Voices and Seeing Things

HIV/AIDS in Children and Adolescents

Home Alone Children

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Intellectual Disabilities

Internet Use in Children

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Know Your Rights: Consent and Confidentiality

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Lead Exposure In Children Affects Brain And Behavior

Learning Disorders

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents

Listening to Music and Watching Music Videos

Lying and Children

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Marijuana and Teens

Medication: Preventing Misuse and Diversion

Mental Health Insurance

Mental Illness in Families

Military Families

Military Families: Coming Home

Movies, Media, and Children

Moving: Helping Children Cope

Multiracial Children

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News and Children

Normal or Not: When to Get Help

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Obesity In Children And Teens

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder In Children And Adolescents

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Panic Disorder In Children And Adolescents

PANS and PANDAS: Sudden Onset of OCD Symptoms

Parenting: Preparing For Adolescence

Parents with Cancer: Tips for Talking to Kids

Peer Pressure

Pets And Children

Physical Punishment

Physical Symptoms of Emotional Distress: Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Psychiatric Medication For Children And Adolescents Part I - How Medications Are Used

Psychiatric Medication For Children And Adolescents: Part II - Types Of Medications

Psychiatric Medication For Children And Adolescents Part III - Questions To Ask

Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Definition

Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Different Types

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Questions to Ask Before Psychiatric Hospitalization of Your Child or Adolescent

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Religion, Spirituality and Your Mental Health Care

Residential Treatment Programs

Responding To Child Sexual Abuse

Role Models and Children

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Schizophrenia In Children

School Refusal

School Services for Children with Special Needs: Know Your Rights

Self-Injury In Adolescents

Sex: Talking to your Child

Sexual Abuse

Sleep Problems

Social Media and Teens

Sports and Children

Starting College with a Psychiatric Illness

Starting School

Stealing in Children and Adolescents

Stepfamily Problems

Stress Management and Teens

Substance Abuse Treatment For Children And Adolescents: Questions To Ask

Suicide in Children and Teens

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Talking To Kids About Mental Illnesses

Teen Brain: Behavior, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs

Telepsychiatry and Your Child

Terrorism and War: How to Talk to Children

Threats by Children: When are they Serious?

Tic Disorders

Tobacco And Kids

Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

Transitioning From High School to College With A Psychiatric Illness: Preparation

TV Violence and Children

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Video Games and Children: Playing with Violence

Violent Behavior in Children and Adolescents

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WatchingTV/Screen Time and Children

Weight Gain from Medication: Prevention and Management

What is a Psychiatric Emergency?

When To Seek Help For Your Child

Where To Find Help For Your Child

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The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) represents over 9,400 child and adolescent psychiatrists who are physicians with at least five years of additional training beyond medical school in general (adult) and child and adolescent psychiatry.

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