Mental health troubles often land kids in emergency rooms

Dec 1, 2015 by

As Dr. Jay Fisher enters Patient Room 12, a 14-year-old boy with curly, brown hair smiles sheepishly from the bed. Dressed in a green hospital gown, he’s quiet — calm even.

Gabe is a ninth-grader, big brother, budding chef, Tom Petty fan, avid science-fiction reader and Dungeon & Dragons player. More than five hours earlier, an ambulance brought him to the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center.

The reason: His mother, Jaleadeanne Robison, caught him browsing inappropriate images on the computer, which triggered his explosive outburst this August afternoon. He stormed up the stairs in the family’s North Las Vegas home, pushed his mother into a door frame and then ran downstairs and out the front door.

Fearing for her son’s safety, Robison called the police. This wasn’t the first time.

“I have neighbors who think mental health is contagious,” Robison tells Fisher, who heads the pediatric emergency department at the county-run hospital.

Source: Mental health troubles often land kids in emergency rooms – Las Vegas Sun News

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