- Psychological Issues
When your child has a high fever, you get medical advice. Most likely, your child soon will be back to his or her playful and rambunctious self.
mental health problems can be more difficult to recognize. One in five children has a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavior problem that can lead to school failure, family discord, violence, or suicide. Help is available. However, two-thirds of children with mental health problems are not getting the help they need.
mental health is how we think, feel, and act. It’s common for children to feel sad or to behave badly from time to time. If you see troubling behaviors that seem persistent and severe, it’s time to take action. These questions can help you:
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, talk to your family doctor or pediatrician about your child’s feelings and behavior. Discuss how your child may have been affected by recent major changes in your family or community. Together, you may decide that your child and family need help from someone with more mental health training.
Parents, teachers, and other care providers can work together to build on your family’s strengths. All families have strengths
Maybe your family strengths are shared during a community function that you attend regularly. A family activity like cooking together may provide a time to experience both good communication and good food. Bonds may be strengthened and skills developed in the ways you encourage your child’s interest in activities like baseball, science, or being a helpful neighbor. Building on your family’s strengths can provide the support your child and family need to succeed.