Behavioral challenges, depression, anxiety, and trauma can affect everyone, even infants.
Addressing behavioral health issues early can have lifelong implications. Njoroge says that 90% of the brain develops in the first five years of life — about 75% in the first three years. Traditionally, she said, child psychiatrists see patients starting around age 6. “But if 90% of the brain is developing before that period of time, we’re really missing critical opportunities,” she said.
Cracks in this neurological foundation can impact a child’s cognitive abilities, motor skills, and problem-solving. But the fact that the brain is developing also means that there is time to take action and prevent harm. A plan to assist a child could include various forms of therapy, whether at CHOP or in the community.
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