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Childre​n and Mental Health

April 8, 2020

It's not always easy to determine the difference between challenging behaviors and emotions that are common during typical child development and those that are cause for concern. For this reason, we've compiled a few reminders for caretakers who suspect their child is experiencing some form of mental health issue.

Seek help if the behavior persists for a few weeks or longer. Anxiety, ADHD, and depression can occur during childhood, but it's best to get help right away if this is the case. If the behavior is unsafe or if the child expresses suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately.

If you're concerned about your child's behavior, start by talking with your child's teacher or pediatrician. Tell them what you've noticed about your child and ask them if they've noticed similar behavior. If a young child exhibits frequent tantrums, talks about fears, experiences stomach aches or sleep issues, it might be best to consider treatment. If an older child or adolescent shows signs of destructive behavior, lost interest, low energy, or self-harming behavior, an evaluation and treatment should definitely be considered.

Treatment is available and can be very beneficial. In fact, psychotherapy or family counseling can be helpful for both the child and their family. With that being said, it's always best to talk to an experienced mental health professional who has expertise working with children. A professional can clarify problems after an evaluation and provide resources and recommendations. This provides an opportunity for caretakers to learn about their child's strengths and weaknesses to determine the best steps moving forward.

At Clearwater Counseling, PC, we are trained mental health professionals who have extensive experience working with young children and adolescents. We are committed to helping and supporting families through every step of the way. If you think it's time to schedule an appointment with us, please call (308) 210-8487 or email 

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