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CHILD AND ADOLESCENT ISSUES

Children and adolescents, or teens, build social skills and emotional intelligence as they grow. These things often lead to healthy, happy lives. But mental illness can take hold of children as well. It can result from chemical imbalances in the brain, or from outside factors such as bullying, trauma etc. Mental illness in younger children can be tough for parents to identify. After all, all children throw tantrums sometimes, become moody sometimes and refuse to socialize, which is all perfectly normal. But when they get out of hand, they could be pointing to a deeper problem.

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The warning signs to look out for are changes in mood and behaviour, intense feelings or overwhelming fear & anxiety, difficulty concentrating, unexplained weight loss, causing self-harm, substance abuse and physical symptoms such as constant headaches or stomach aches. In younger children, it can be learning disabilities, not meeting their age milestones, severe and regular tantrums etc.

If you suspect your child might have a mental health condition, consult a mental health professional immediately. Child and adolescent mental conditions usually fall into the following categories:If you suspect your child might have a mental health condition, consult a mental health professional immediately. Child and adolescent mental conditions usually fall into the following categories:

Over Activity and Poor Concentration (ADHD)

Conduct Problems: Aggressive, Defiant, Destructive Behaviour

Depressive Disorders: Withdrawn, Suicidal Ideation, Hopelessness, Academic Decline

Emotional and Behaviour Problems

Learning (Academic) Issues: Lack of motivation, Poor scholastic performance, Ineffective study habits, Difficulty in organising learned ideas, Memory issues, etc.