When should you take your Child to the psychologist?

As a parent, how do you know when is the right time to get professional help for your child or teenager? Are they dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, or anger that is normal and healthy? Or is your child’s behaviour troubling and can they benefit from seeing a psychologist? In this post we will talk about six ways to identify that it may be a good idea to take your child to the psychologist.
The most important part is communication with your child and trusting your instincts. After all, you know your child best. It is also important to note that if they are suffering from mental health issues the sooner the problem is diagnosed and treated, the better it is for your child.
  • Your child’s performance is impacted
    Probably the easiest change to identify, is if your child’s behaviour is having a negative effect on their performance in school, extracurricular activities, or friendships. If you see a significant change, consider booking in an appointment with your child psychologist.
  • Unexplained Physical symptoms
    Anxiety and depression can manifest themselves in a range of physical symptoms. These can include feeling sick, pain in the stomach, or headaches. If these symptoms continue without a direct physical explanation, then you should consider seeing if it can be related to mental health.
  • Not adjusting to change
    While children are extremely adaptable, there can be circumstances such as moving, parental divorce, or death of a loved one that can impact their menta health significantly. If you notice difficulties spanning a few months, then talking to a mental health professional may help them deal with the trauma in a healthy way.
  • Emotional outbursts
    If you notice your child displaying more emotional outburst and heightened distress, there may be something going on that requires professional help. Frequent crying, irritability, sadness, disengagement, and anger can all be signs of a mental health issue.
  • Bullying or troubles at school
    We all know how difficult and frustrating dynamics at school can be, and unfortunately bullying can have an enormous impact on your child’s thoughts, moods, and behaviour. Allowing your child to have a safe space to talk about bullying if they are the victim or identify the core reasons if they are the perpetrator. Either way, counselling can help empower your child to make better decisions and cope with stresses.
  • You are at a loss
    It is important to remember that it is okay to ask for help. If you are feeling stuck and are unsure on how to deal with your child’s moods, misbehaviour, or difficulties, seeking help for yourself to better learn to cope and identify how you can help your child can be a game changer. Spend some time learning on how to reduce the strain on your relationship with your child while ensuring their safety and happiness.