Sometimes as parents, we don’t always know when our child needs help that as a parent, they may not can give them. Are you a parent who is concerned that it might be time to seek counseling for a child?
Is your child suddenly declining in the school work?
Do you feel your child may be worrying more than other children (anxiety among children is on a steady incline)
Has your child suddenly started refusing to go to school or join in normal activities they once enjoyed?
Have they started having nightmares?
Has your once well behaved child begun to be more aggressive or disobedient?
Does your child seem sad or depressed?
Does it seem like your teen has suddenly “shut down” or started spending more and more time alone, in their room, avoiding the family?
Has there been any major changes in your household such as a divorce, separation, major illness of a loved one or even a death in the family?
Children’s mental health problems can occur just as easily as they can in adults and like adults they are treatable. Some studies have shown that one child in five may have a diagnosable mental health problem which can be helped but nearly two thirds of these children get little to no help and are left to deal with it on their own.
A mental health issue a child is dealing with can disrupt their home and school and often times there is a possible increased risk of school failure, problems with the law, and sometime suicide. It has been reported that children as young as 5 have attempted suicide. Some have succeeded.
While many childhood problems go away in time, if you are concerned about your child and feel that there may be something going on more than “normal childhood” problems, then seek out the advice of your local pediatrician or family doctor or a local mental health professional.
If your in the Andalusia, Alabama area call for a free and confidential consult 334-222-7094
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