Most parents want to protect their child. We take care of the needs of the child: if an unexplained result occurs, the temperature rises or breaks, we go to doctors. It is fairly easy to recognize visible wounds, but it is different when we hear about problems at school or in relationships with friends, if the child feels unwell, suffers from emotional outbreaks. In such cases, parents often feel overwhelmed and do not know what to do, says Psychology Today.
About 1 in 5 children experience an emotional or behavioral disorder. It can be easy to feel that something is wrong, but what to do is still a mystery.
Warning signs and parental alarm
A doctor, friend, or family member can say that this is a "stage of development" & # 39; is, but you already feel that the & # 39; phase & # 39; takes too long, the child's behavior is too destructive and the humiliating figures do not improve, whatever the school or what you do.
The following signs indicate that your child needs special attention. This list is compiled by Ann Douglas and described it in the book Parenting Through the Storm: find help, hope and strength when your child has psychological problems. She has brought up four children with a certain mental disability.
If these symptoms are not specific to the developmental phase of a child and are not related to movement, divorce or other stressful events, pay attention to them and be concerned:
* Your child experiences more difficulties at school;
* Your child makes other children abusive or ridiculous;
* Your child tries to harm himself;
* Your child avoids friends and family;
* Your child's mood changes regularly;
* Your child experiences strong emotions such as anger and special fear;
* Your child lacks energy or motivation;
* Your child has trouble drawing attention;
* Your child experiences problems sleeping or dreams of many nightmares;
* Your child complains about physical complaints earlier;
* Your child has neglected his appearance, does not look;
* Your child has ideas to improve appearance, shape or weight;
* Your child eats considerably more or less than usual.
Listen to the inner voice of the father and courageously identify the needs of the child, and fight for caring for it, and if necessary provide the necessary help. A. Douglas raised children who had serious mental health problems, including bipolar disorders, anorexia, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and depression.
Find a way through the storm
By taking on the challenge for mental health, you may have to drive "nice little rolls of emotion" and, as Douglas says, you need hope and help. You have to make sure that you are strong about the child yourself, and you need to know when you can seek help, make friends with others and feel selfless, helpless and isolated. It is extremely important to learn to support your child while you take care of yourself, other family members and marriage.
If problems with your child are more demanding than you can lift, psychological help is provided by school specialists and parent line: 8 800 90012.
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