Children’s mental health diagnoses

Sir, – Further to the advice piece “Should I tell my son about his diagnoses?”, which addressed a parent’s concerns regarding psychiatric diagnoses and report with regard to their 11-year-old child (Health & Family, March 5th), the College of Psychiatrists would like to provide further guidance and reassurance.

Parents bring their children for clinical assessments because they have concerns. To ignore a clinical diagnosis while hoping it will all turn out okay does involve a risk, particularly for the child.

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