As parents, we are always looking out for our kids. If we notice odd behavior in our kids, we first look for signs of physical injury or discomfort. However, once physical injury has been ruled out, odd behavior in children could signal some form of mental illness.
Signs of Mental Illness in Children
If you suspect that your child may have a mental illness, these are some of the warning signs that you should look for. Your child processes information slowly,is easily distracted, cannot concentrate and has difficulty remembering things. Some children also believe that there are hidden messages in TV, radio and other forms of public broadcasting. If your child exhibits 2 or more of the above mentioned signs, you should then seek professional help. You are free to take your child to a pediatrician or GP and you may also take your child to see a psychologist and psychiatrist to determine if there really is a mental problem and to what degree it can affect your child.
One type of mental illness that seems to affect more children each day is bipolar disorder. A child who has bipolar disorder will experience severe and extreme mood swings. The child can go from extremely happy and jubilant to extremely sad and angry, without any justifiable reason. A child suffering from bipolar disorder may be mostly irritable, hyper active and is easily aggravated.
Depression is another severe mental illness that affects many adolescents. They experience feelings of hopeless and worthlessness and have a general lack of luster for life. They either have trouble sleeping or sleep too much. Fatigue and loss of appetite is another warning sign that all is not well with your child. Both bipolar disorder and depression should be treated immediately or as soon a you know for sure that your child is struggling with it. This is crucial since most sufferers exhibit constant suicidal behavior.
Parents should try their best to educate themselves about Mental Health Issues In Children and spend plenty of time with their children encouraging, motivating and bonding with them.
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