Tumbles, scrapes, ouches, owies, and boo-boos: Just another day in the life of a parent.
But what about invisible pain? The kind of pain you can’t kiss and make better. Like the doctor you turn to for fevers and flus, there’s help out there for that kind of pain, too.
Children’s mental health problems are real, common, and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.
Untreated mental health problems can undermine a child’s ability to thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Without treatment, children with mental health concerns are at increased risk for problems now and later in life, such as problems in school (including dropping out), getting in trouble with the criminal justice system, unemployment, and suicide.
Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, can help determine whether you need to seek help for your child.
While all children struggle from time to time and may have one of the following concerns to some degree, the following signs may indicate the need for professional help when more than one is present, or if a single issue is persistent and/or interfering with school, friendships, or home life:
Decline in school performance
Poor grades despite strong efforts
Constant worrying or anxiety
Repeated refusal to go to school or to take part in normal activities
Hyperactivity or fidgeting
Persistent disobedience or aggression
Frequent temper tantrums
Depression, sadness, or irritability
Although these may seem like individual issues, they could be an indication of something bigger, especially if they persist. Early identification, diagnosis, and treatment can help children reach their full potential.
If you suspect a problem or have questions, talk with your child’s pediatrician or reach out to us; we'd love to help you. You are not in this alone.
Learn more about good mental health for your child with these fact sheets provided by Mental Health America: Click Here
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