I am often asked “how do I know if my child should see a professional?” It is important to note that it is normal for kids to have ups and downs, but how do you know if your child is struggling with something more serious? And when should you seek professional help?
Here are a few things that if noticed in your child, a call to a local therapist may be warranted.
▪️Your child begins feeling bad about herself or himself, less confident or less effective.
▪️Your child is worrying excessively about the future.
▪️Your child has repetitive, self-destructive behaviors such as hair-pulling or skin-picking.
▪️Your child withdraws from family or friends and the things she or he used to enjoy.
▪️Your child makes comments like “I wish I weren’t here,” or “Nobody would care if I ran away.”
▪️Your child engages in negative behaviors more frequently.
▪️Your child has a significant change in appetite or sleep habits.
▪️ Your child talks about suicide.
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone. If something feels “off”, trust that feeling and get your child evaluated.
By: Stephonia Llewellyn