Children and youth show their problems in different
areas of their lives and in a variety of ways. A child or adolescent who
functions well at home may have problems in another setting, such as in
the classroom or with peers. Some young people may show signs of
anxiety or depression, while others may exhibit aggression, get in
trouble with the law or have difficulties with substance use.
As a parent or caregiver, you may feel confused and
anxious about meeting the needs of a child or youth with these issues,
and about where and how to seek information and treatment. CAMH's Child, Youth and Family Service treats young people with mental health and/or addiction problems. The CAMH information below can help you learn more about parenting and mental health issues.
Exposure to Psychotropic Medications and Other Substances during Pregnancy and Lactation: A Handbook for Health Care Providers Developed through a partnership between Motherisk and CAMHA great deal of misinformation exists about women’s use of substances during pregnancy and lactation. A health care provider’s challenge is to know the true risks and benefits, both to the mother and to her fetus or baby, of taking versus stopping the use of a medication or other substance. Yet the average provider is not well equipped to give the best advice to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and exposed to psychotropics.