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Learn signs of mental disorders

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Mental and emotional disorders are not limited to those who are old enough to make their own decisions. According to the National Center for Mental Health Services website, studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder. At least one in 10, or about 6 million children and teens, have a serious emotional disturbance.

At the monthly meeting of the Ruston chaper of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, David Wheeler, licensed psychologist and clinical director for the Methodist Children’s Home, will provide the community with some insights into the types of issues children, parents and teachers may face when met with a child with a mental or emotional disorder. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Community Trust Bank Financial Center, located at 1511 N. Trenton St.

Wheeler said there are many causes and many treatment options for children faced with these difficulties. Parents or teachers who must deal with these issues can have hope.

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