Child Counseling & Therapy
Childhood is a time of tremendous growth and change. Oftentimes it can be quite difficult to determine whether or not behavior is “normal” or an indication a child has strayed from a healthy developmental path.
Mental health difficulties in children most often manifest as behavioral issues in the form of defiance, aggression, “disruptive behaviors”, or as avoidance and passivity in the form of anxiety and withdrawal. In both cases, this can be a major impediment to growth and well-being and can impact a child’s success in all environments (e.g., home, school, peer group, etc.). For example, a child exhibiting defiance often contributes to an environment prevalent with conflict; while a child experiencing anxiety might create an environment of isolation that is devoid of social support and learning opportunities.
Childhood Signs of Mental Health Issues
difficulties in school
avoiding friends and family
frequent mood swings
frequent anger (e.g., temper tantrums)
loss of appetite
low energy or motivation
defiant with parents and/or teachers
not doing the things he or she used to enjoy
changes in hygiene
overly concerned with appearance or weight
bullying other children
attempting to injure him or her self