Children and adolescents’ mental health problems are real, common and treatable. Although one in five young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.
Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child or teenager has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other guardians, can help determine whether you need to seek help for your young one.
The following signs may indicate the need for professional help:
Decline in school performance
Poor grades despite strong efforts
Constant worry or anxiety
Repeated refusal to go to school or to take part in normal activities
Hyperactivity or fidgeting
Persistent disobedience or aggression
Frequent temper tantrums
Depression, sadness or irritability
Early identification, diagnosis and treatment can help children reach their full potential.