A mental illness is a medical condition that may change a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. A person may not be able to cope with ordinary demands of life. All ages, race, religions and income levels can be affected. There are several diagnoses including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive (OCD), bipolar and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) disorders. It is important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. Pay special attention to behaviors if your child experiences a loss or major life change and event.