Fact Sheets

Disorder Specific Fact Sheets

  • Adjustment Disorder - Adjustment disorder is a change or regression in behavior or emotions in response to a specific environmental change in a child’s life.
  • Anxiety Disorders - An anxiety disorder occurs when a child experiences excessive worry, concern, or fear while involved in developmentally appropriate tasks, ordinary interactions, and everyday routines.
  • AD/HD - Although the early years are a time when children naturally struggle to learn impulse control, children with AD/HD will have a more difficult time learning to control their impulses.
  • Depression - Depression in children can be experienced in different ways and have different symptoms, but when these feelings or behaviors are consistently evident for longer than two weeks, the child may be suffering from depression.
  • Deprivation/Maltreatment and RAD - Deprivation or maltreatment disorder of infancy is characterized by disturbed and developmentally inappropriate attachment behaviors in which a child rarely or minimally turns to a specific attachment figure for comfort, support, protection, and nurturance.
  • FASD - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of effects that can occur in a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
  • PDD - Pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) include autistic disorder, Rett’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and PDD-NOS (not otherwise specified).
  • PTSD - Young children who have been exposed to an event that is life threatening (threatened death or serious injury), that is perceived as life threatening, or that threatens the physical safety of a caregiver can develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Regulation Disorder of Sensory Processing - Young children with this disorder struggle to regulate their emotions and behaviors as well as their motor abilities in response to sensory stimulation.
  • Tourette Syndrome - Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by tics involuntary, rapid, sudden movements and vocalizations (though they may not occur simultaneously) that occur repeatedly in the same way.

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Fact sheets provided by Minnesota Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (MAIECMH), 165 Western Avenue N, Suite 2, St. Paul, MN 55102; www.macmh.org.



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