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Childhood Revealed takes us into the hearts and minds of children who live with a specific challenge in their cognitive psychological or physical aspect of their life For these children drawing and writing about their drawings are ways of finding solutions or communicating with anyone that will listen Remarkably their resilient natures lead them to correct what is wrong fix what is broken and heal what is scarred Their desire to triumph their instinct to dream is their most telling most disarming quality As an abused girl of eleven writes of her drawing This picture is bright and shows that I feel happier and am progressing The flower with the brown middle shows that I still feel angry I have courage inside and know that I can do much better in life Children shouldnt feel that it is always their fault It is estimated that 12 percent of American children endure mental health problem yet less than one-fifth receive treatment Childhood revealed has been created by the New York University Child Study Center which is dedicated to advancing research and clinical care for children For this book The Center invited child and adolescent clinicians and teachers nationwide to submit artwork made by children from ages four to eighteen A select jury of scholars artists and educators made the final selection of more than one hundred artworks of the New York University Child Study Center to bring awareness and understanding to the issues of child and adolescent mental health including depression eating and anxiety disorders psychosis ADHD autism abuse and divorce Depression is a rare disorder for children under the age of twelve affecting only 1 to 2 percent of children five to eleven years of age By the time children hit puberty an estimated 8 percent of young people twelve to eighteen nearly twice as many girls as boys suffer from major depression disorder Depression in children has no one face children may
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