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School-age mental health

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    Children’s mental health: 3-8 years

    Your child needs good mental health. You can promote children’s mental health with positive relationships, behaviour support, a healthy lifestyle and more.

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    Depression: children 3-8 years

    Children can get depression. If you’re worried about your child, read about signs and causes of depression in children 3-8 years and how to help your child.

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    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in children

    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can stop children from enjoying life. Read about how to help your child with OCD.

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    Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD): children 5-12 years

    Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is more than bad behaviour. Children with ODD can’t cooperate and need professional help to manage their behaviour.

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    School refusal: children 5-8 years

    What is school refusal? It’s more serious than wanting a day off school. Here’s how to spot the signs, plus strategies to help children with school refusal.

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    Anxiety and fears in children

    Anxiety in children is a normal part of development. Childhood fears are normal too. Read more about different types of anxiety in children and how to help.

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    Anxiety: the stepladder approach

    The stepladder approach is a stepwise way of helping with anxiety in children. Here are sample stepladders to help children with different anxiety types.

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    Generalised anxiety in children

    Too much worrying can be a sign of generalised anxiety in children. This guide explains generalised anxiety and has tips to help parents and children.

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    Separation anxiety in children

    Separation anxiety in children is when children fear being parted from their parents or carers. Read tips for helping children cope with separation anxiety.

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    Social anxiety in children

    When children experience social anxiety, they’re afraid of having to interact with other people. Here’s how to help your child with social anxiety.

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    Phobias, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress in children

    Children often have phobias about the dark, storms, dogs, spiders and clowns. Panic attacks are quite rare. Post-traumatic stress is a reaction to trauma.

Raising Children Network is supported by the Australian Government. Member organisations are the Parenting Research Centre and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.

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