In this modern society, children are facing many pressures. In those, they can cope with some pressures, but some pressures are such that they cannot get enough support to feel comfortable, happy, confident, and safe. In those situations, the child mental health will get alter.
The symptoms of severe feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness are dangerous signs of child mental health problems.
You can easily identify if your child has fever, chills, or any illness, but it is hard to find the child mental health problem. For this, you should learn to recognize the symptoms.
You need to pay attention on your children’s behavior, as sudden change in child behavior will alarm you that your child has some mental problem.
Here are some child mental health problems:
Anxiety is one of the child mental health problems. Being fear and anxious in some situations such as being alone in a dark room, seeing a horror movie, etc is common. This type of anxiety will disappear soon after you come out of that situation.
On the other hand, if the anxiety once started does not go away and gets worse as the time passes is an indication of mental health problem. [Separation Anxiety]
If the anxiety worsens, your child will have nightmares and they will even afraid to come out of the room. There are many types of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias.
Depression is another child mental health problem, which is a serious mental illness. Depression is also called as unipolar depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression. Reduction in the level of functioning is called depression.
Depression is a temporary mental state or chronic mental disorder with feelings of sadness, self-reproach, loneliness, low self-esteem, despair, change in weight, thoughts of suicide, etc.
Depression is a serious medical illness that you need to observe your child from time to time as it can lead to suicide also.
Behavior disorders can also be considered as child mental health problem. All children show some misbehavior in some situations, but when the misbehavior goes beyond the limit, it is behavior disorder.
If your child has behavior disorders like aggressiveness and disruptiveness, it will remain for more than six months. [Aggressive Child Behavior]
Signs of behavior disorder include threatening or harming themselves or others, damaging the property, stealing things, skipping school, not doing well at the school, early smoking, drinking, sexual activity, etc.
If you find such symptoms in your child, it is necessary to seek help as these behavior problems may put your kids at higher risk of suicide and failure at school.
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is another child mental health problem where your child acts without thinking first. It is mostly seen in boys than girls.
The characteristics of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Genetics may be the factor of ADHD, but no one knows the exact cause of ADHD. Behavioral therapy may help reducing ADHD.
Child mental health problems can be treated if you take proper attention towards your child.