4. Fluctuations in Sleep
When children are anxious or nervous about certain things they may suffer from insomnia. It can happen that the child finds it difficult to sleep, or waking up early in the morning. It is important to look into your child’s mental health if he or she is finding it difficult to sleep since this may be a sign of poor mental health. If your child is finding it hard to sleep also look for the feelings combined with it. Is he or she getting angry, tearful, or unable to concentrate?
That may be a sign of anxiety or depression.
Here are some of the other signs your child is struggling with their mental health that parents should watch out for:
5. Feeling sad or lonely for more than two weeks
6. Wanting to harm themselves or having suicidal thoughts
7. Racing heart or rapid breathing due to sudden fear for no reason
8. Getting involved in fights or using a weapon or wanting to hurt others
9. Out of control behavior than can hurt them or others
10. Not eating in order to lose weight
11. Being worried or fearful that interfere with daily life
12. Difficulty in concentrating that affects academic performance
13. Use of drug or alcohol
14. Drastic changes in behavior or personality
What can you do to help your child?
Parents shouldn’t feel like they have to do everything on their own. If you see any signs or symptoms in your child you can opt for the following measures:
You can talk to your child about what’s bothering them and comfort them by saying that you are there to help them. It is important to have a conversation with them in order to understand whether it’s a mental health issue or if there are any external factors involved. Don’t forget to calm and patient with your child when addressing their concerns.
2. Seek professional help:
You can also seek professional help in order to ensure that the symptoms of your child don’t worsen. If you see that the symptoms have been persistent for more than two weeks it’s best to seek a mental health professional. The doctor can help the child to develop new strategies and coping mechanisms.
3. Seek help from the school psychologist:
Find out whether the school that your child goes to has a school psychologist and seek help so that you can come up with a strategy to help your child.
It is important to keep in mind that this has not been a comfortable year and it is extremely normal for anyone to experience anxiety or stress for what happens next. The best thing that parents can do is talk to their children and help them understand the current situation. Parents can even work together with their children to develop a coping strategy to help reduce the symptoms.