Mental health tends to have a negative stigma around the world. But needing help from a mental health professional does not mean that your child is crazy or that there is something broken inside your child. Mental health professionals can help you and your child to understand their behaviors and actions. If you are wondering whether or not your child needs help from a professional it is always beneficial to at least seek a consult. Mental health therapy is always more effective when it is started early.
General Things To Look For
The number of reasons that someone, including your child, might need mental health therapy is vast. But there are some warning signs that you can keep an eye out for. These signs can help you to detect the need for professional help earlier, increasing the effectiveness of treatment. Watch for:
Problems with your child following direction – If your child isn’t listening to your direction, a professional can help you to learn why and develop a plan to help them.
Your child’s behavior prevents learning – It is important for your child to learn and if their behavior is preventing that, you should start seeking professional help. Even more important, if your child is regularly being asked to step out of the classroom, you should talk with a professional.
Behavior affects your child’s ability to have a social life – Any behavior that prevents your child from having a social life can affect their ability to grow. Seeking help is important.
Your child’s behavior doesn’t match their age – If your child isn’t developing behavior appropriate with their age, it is always a good idea to seek professional help.
Crucial Warning Signs
While there are general signs that you need to watch for in your child to catch the need for a mental health professional’s health, there are some signs that you should take very seriously. These red flags are signs that you need to seek mental health assistance for your child quickly:
● Torturing Animals
● Pyromania (A Focus On Fire/Firesetting)
● Hypersexual Behavior (Overly Sexual Behavior)
● Hyper Aggressive Behavior (Abnormal Aggression)
● Self-harm (Cutting, Piercing, Head Hitting, Etc)
● Substance Abuse
● No Care For Consequences
● Major Inability To Follow Instructions
● Lack Of Empathy For Others
● Psychosis Signs (Reports Non-existent Sensations or Experiences)
What A Professional Can Do
Professionals have years of experience, education, and training that they can turn to. A toolkit some might say. They will start by helping you to determine what kind of help your child might need. For example, help controlling ADHD. Depression and anxiety disorders are also common.
After learning about your child and their challenges, they will work with both of you to develop a plan of action. Each course of treatment is different, depending on the unique circumstances that each child has. Educating both you and your child will be their typical starting point though.
Contacting A Professional
There are a large variety of ways that you can approach a professional. Many school counselors can help you find the right person to talk to. You can also talk with your child’s primary care provider about finding professional mental health assistance.
You can also contact us here for an initial phone consultation to see if therapy is the right fit for your child.
No matter how you go about it, mental health professionals are there for a reason. Sometimes all of us need a little help.