There can be several signs that your child is struggling with their mental health. It’s often hard for parents to understand whether their child is suffering from any mental health condition. Recognizing the warning signs of your child is important. The Pandemic has taken a huge toll on everyone, especially in children. They are probably confused about why they are not being able to see their friends anymore. The Pandemic is affecting the children’s mental health in so many ways just like adults.
Children love routines and so now, that they are at home, it is difficult for them to understand why they are not going out of their home anymore. It gets even more difficult to identify what their children are feeling when parents are also experiencing anxiety or depression due to the current situation.
Mental Health vs Mental Health Disorder
Mental health is the overall wellness of a person’s mind. It involves how a person thinks, regulates their feeling, and how they behave as a result of their thoughts and feelings.
A mental health disorder is the changes in the patterns and thoughts that affect the behavior of an individual. The thoughts and feelings cause disruption in a person’s ability to behave in a normal way.
Some of the common mental health disorders among children are anxiety disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and others.
In order to ascertain whether your child is suffering from any mental health disorder here are some of the signs that your child is struggling with their mental health you should look out for:
Warning signs that your child is struggling with their mental health
1. Mood Swings
Have you noticed that your child is sometimes extremely happy and sometimes extremely sad? All children can have a general mood off day which is usually associated with external factors such as getting a bad score in math or having a fight with a fellow friend. But extreme mood swings in a short period of time is worth questioning. Having frequent mood swings can be a sign that your child is feeling anxious or is depressed.
Other children may display signs of mental rushing around where the child is unable to focus on one train of thought or can get obsessive about multitasking which may be a sign of or a symptom of Asperger’s or ADHD.
2. Avoiding certain situations
Avoiding certain situations due to some reasons is a common behavior among adults. However if you see that your child getting angry or panicking at the thought of doing something they used to enjoy, this may be a sign that your child has some underlying mental health conditions which they are not being able to express. It can be a sign of anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
If your child is avoiding an activity they used to enjoy, it is of utmost importance to talk to your child and find out the reason for their reluctance.
3. Physical Symptoms
Children trying to express their feelings is sometimes difficult. But there can be physical conditions that may help in indicating any underlying mental health conditions. Sometimes when a child is feeling anxious they may show physical symptoms like headache, stomach pain, feeling sick, or having a sore throat with no apparent cause. This may be a sign of distress.
It can be difficult to work out what the real issue is with children lacking the ability to express their feelings or specifically describing the symptoms. Keeping an open mind is always wise in such circumstances in order to get to the root of the issue.