Is your child has started acting weird lately?
Or, have you seen a major change in your child’s behavior?
It could be because of stress or depression. These are very normal in children nowadays. But, parents tend to take this lightly. However, this problem is not to be ignored. You should take immediate actions or contact counseling services. If you don’t know whether your child needs help or not, here are some signs you should look for in your child.
Sometimes children are too overwhelmed by emotions, and for channeling negative emotions, they take a path of self-destruction. It does not include suicide attempts. However, pulling out hair, banging the head on a hard surface, digging nails into the skin, or cutting himself/herself comes in self-harm. Causing self-pain is a sign of poor emotional health, and it is an important sign that it is time to see a counselor.
- Difficulty At Home And School
Mental health has a direct effect on child’s academic progress. If the child is not mentally fit, he/she tends to have problems outside the house too like arguing with teachers, problems at playfield, having difficulty with friends etc. Parents must check these signs.
- Sleeping And Eating Habits
Whether your child is having difficulty in sleeping or is sleeping too much, you mustn’t ignore this. If your child is having nightmares, eating too much or too little, it’s time to pay a visit to the counselor.
Physical pains like headaches and stomach aches should also not be ignored.
- Talks About Death And Attempting Suicide
If your child is talking about death a lot, you need to start worrying. Talking about death is normal to an extent, but if the child is talking about dying and harming other, it is a concerning problem. If you hear any suicidal thoughts from your child, get your child checked by an expert. If your child is afraid of group counseling, consider individual counseling.
- Isolated From Friends And Family
Another sign parents need to watch is whether their child is isolating themselves from social circle, friends or family. Kids have a nature of being in a group or with friends, but if they are withdrawing from you and their friends as well, it is a problem to be considered.
- Regressed Behavior
When a lot is changing in a kid’s life, they tend to get regressive. Changes like the divorce between the parents, birth of a new sibling can leave an effect on your child. But, if your child is excessively whining, bedwetting, throwing tantrums or excessive fearing, you must consider child counseling. Getting your child checked does not harm anyone if you have your suspicion about the mental health.
- Anxious And Hopelessness
Children can get anxious and fearful which is perfectly normal. It is a part of growing up. But if your child overly anxious and extremely fearful, it is a sign that your child needs help. Worrying is normal but if it is keeping your child from living a normal life like going to school, playing etc. it is not a good thing. Your child needs love, and you must make him feel loved and cared for.
Lastly, only you know your child and their habits. If you find anything bizarre in their behavior, find a counselor for your child. If any of their habits prevail for a large time, it is also a time for the counseling.