Children born with congenital heart disease are more likely to develop anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a combination of the conditions than children without congenital heart disease, according to new research published in Pediatrics.
Everyday Heath spoke with Debbie Dore, senior pediatric social worker in the Congenital Cardiovascular Care Unit at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, to discuss the connection between congenital heart disease and mental health disorders, signs that a child is struggling with their mental health, and how parents can help children cope with this condition.
Dore notes that as children with pediatric congenital heart disease get older, they may face body image issues and bullying from their peers. “Some of these children don’t grow like other kids do and they can have a really hard time with that,” she says.
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