Brain disorders and mental health: Overview

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Find out how brain disorders can affect a child's mental health and overall functioning.

Key points

  • Brain disorder is an all-inclusive term for disruption to the brain because of an underlying medical condition, illness or injury.
  • A child with a brain disorder should have a thorough assessment to check for any related mental health conditions.
  • ADHD, learning disability, social challenges, depression and anxiety are commonly linked with brain disorders.
  • If you suspect that a mental health issue is connected to your child’s brain disorder, talk to your family doctor or your child’s neurologist, ask for input from your child’s teachers and consider a neuropsychological assessment.
Last updated: July 12th 2017