Mental health problems affect the way people think, feel and behave. Some of the most commonly diagnosed forms are depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, schizophrenia, personality disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and eating disorders.
Although certain symptoms can be common in specific mental health problems, no 2 people behave in exactly the same way.
Read more about mental health (NHS Choices).
I think my child may have mental health problems
The best thing to do is speak to your doctor first. They might refer you to the Hertfordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). It can can take up to 6 weeks to get an appointment with CAMHS.
My child has mental health problems
You should already have been referred to the Hertfordshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). They'll help you to understand the problems and find ways to help.