Does your child need a therapist?
We know that all kids have emotional ups and downs: period of mood swings, trouble with friends and families, fluctuating performance academically. And most of the children don’t really know how to express their emotions & feelings to anyone because they are not trained to talk about them. They face many obstacles in their lives and even if we all want what’s best for their mental illness is something that can’t be controlled by anyone but if given the right professional help, they can heal up in the right way. So when do we know that the child is struggling with something serious?
We all are aware that it’s difficult to know when the child might need therapy but there are few signs or red flags that can be noticed to know when to seek help:
1. Starts to feel bad about one:
This means that the child might start to feel sad or unhappy and this happens when teens or children are growing up, they end up in a circle, which cannot be judged within a first meeting. If they like the environment, they would probably stay in that even when they should not. They tend to feel hopeless for their future and think too much about it.
2. Having difficulties or struggling at home, school and beyond:
When a child is struggling with emotions, they tend to behave badly across the board which includes, talking back to the teacher, hitting others in school or not listening to anyone at school, poor grades- especially if they drop suddenly. As we are aware of this that Mental Health and academics difficulties are closely intertwined. Another scenario can be seen at home when there is sudden rage of anger in a child and refusing to go to school. All these can signal a wide range of problems that should concern the parents; a teacher or the counselors at school and immediate steps should be taken to help the child.
3. Isolation from Society:
If your child suddenly withdraws from friends & refuses to go out to play, eat or spend time with friends, you have to notice the red flag because social isolation is a sign of depression, anxiety, bully or even learning issues. This is given as a red flag because usually when one is growing up, the friend circle tends to grow not to decrease.
4. Changes in sleeping habits or eating habits:
If you happen to notice any type of changes in the child’s sleeping habits or eating habits then it is a matter of concern. Sleeping too much or not sleeping at all is a red flag. It goes for the eating habits too; eating too much or too less, any new eating habits are some of the signs you should look out for in your children.
5. Talks about death and/or suicide:
One of the major danger sign or cry for help for children is their indulgence in talking about death or suicide. Its okay to talk about death as a curious subject to explore but constantly talking about it serves as a major matter of concern. You should always look out for their statements when they talk, because anyone who talks about death or suicide whether child, teen or an adult needs help.
We tend to think that self-harming is hurting oneself with sharp objects but children don’t do that. Instead they have their own way of self-harming which is digging fingernails, hair pulling, banging their head against wall, using sharp objects to dig into their skin repeatedly. If you find such marks on their body or skin, please take your child to a professional because they might not share it with you but would share it with someone they don’t know.
7. Regressive Behavior:
Kids tend to regress when there’s a major change in their lives, such as the birth of a new sibling, moving out of their childhood home, parent’s separation, dealing with death of closed one, changing schools, etc. An unhealthy environment at home can also affect a child in a negative way. The events that are unwelcomed by a child are the main reason of regressive behavior. However, regressive behavior is the first sign of a child in need of emotional support. Bed wetting, separation issues, meltdowns are some of the examples that can be added to the signs for your child to seek therapy.
PsyCare has a department dedicated to Child Counselling where we provide them with an environment, which is safe & sound for their healing under the expert care of our Psychologists.
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