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Is your child’s mental health at risk?

September 19, 2012

“Every parent’s worst nightmare” has become something of a clichéd phrase, but new research shows that mental illness among children might not be as high up the list of worries as it should be.

The American Psychological Association has found that young kids are less likely to get treatment for mental health issues than grown-ups, due to emotional problems being written off as part of the growing up process.

From Everyday Health:

“Most parents want to believe that their kids are doing okay,” says psychiatrist William M. Klykylo, MD, professor and director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. “But if you feel that something is going on or if someone you trust — a teacher or counselor, a minister or other clergy person, or a coach — says ‘I’ve got a feeling about your child,’ pay attention.”

Signs of emotional trauma in children will vary depending on age, from pre-school through to the teenage years.  In most cases, extra support from you as a parent will be sufficient, but check the Life Resolutions website for information on when child counselling may be of benefit, and for warning signs that it may be time to talk.

Call Life Resolutions on 1300 668 256 to find out how our experienced child psychologists can help you and your family, or use the email contact form on our website.

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