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What are the common symptoms of a child suffering from mental illness?
Most parents tend to dismiss certain behaviour of children as tantrums. At least 10% of the children under 10 yrs have a diagnosed mental illness. Nearly 20% of the adolescent children suffer from a mental problem in a year.
A child with mental disorders can show 3 types of symptoms- Physical symptoms, Social symptoms, and Emotional or Behavioural symptoms.
Behavioural Symptoms that indicate that the child has an emotional disorder
Is the child having hopeless thoughts of life or often trying to kill himself? It looks like he has stress management issues and needs immediate psychiatric care.
Persistent fear or worry
If the child is always in fear of something, look for schizophrenia or generalized anxiety disorder symptoms.
Violent or Disruptive behaviour
Some children get into physical fights and try to harm themselves or those around them. If this happens frequently, it could be a sign of disruptive behaviour. If unattended, this anger management issue can cost the child his life.
The child has an intense fear that prevents him from conducting his daily life normally. This fear could be due to Post-traumatic stress disorder. If ignored, it might develop into OCD.
Extreme mood swings affect the child. He cries one minute and laughs the next. This could be a bipolar disorder symptom that needs immediate mental health care.
What to do if a child shows signs of mental illness?
The first thing to do is to talk to the child and make him feel comfortable. Next, assure him that it is normal to feel depressed sometimes but better to share your worry with others. Give him the faith that you are ready to listen when he wants to talk. Last, of all, convince him that seeking medical help is the right solution.
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