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It’s the 21st century and mental illness is on the rise. As more and more people are choosing to open up about their mental situation, the once taboo-ed topic is now coming under the spotlight. When adults face any mental distress, they are mature enough to address it and take measures to prevent it. However, that’s not the case when it comes to children. In fact, as statistics have it, one in every five children face a mental problem but is too naive to address it. With passing time and ignorance, these mental problems start interfering with their day to day lives and therefore, it is the parent’s job to always look out for signs of mental illness in children.
Though the signs of mental illness vary from child to child and condition to condition, there are some signs that are common in all children. Read on to find out:
Behavioral changes: Behavioral changes include an irrational urge to hurt people, rude behavior, wanting to stay in isolation and other sorts of dangerous or harmful behavior. These behavioral changes might cause problems in relationships at home and at school.
Mood changes: Your child might suddenly switch between emotions without a valid reason. These mood changes will become frequent over time and there will be a lack of understanding as to why these mood changes are taking place.
Concentration problems: One of the most prominent signs of mental illness in children is lack of concentration which is very clearly reflected in their academic performance and their day to day activities.
Physical symptoms: Children who are going through mental illness are prone to physical problems like headaches, stomach aches, loss of appetite, excessive eating, etc. These symptoms are persistent and worsen over an extended period of time.
Hyperactivity: Children who have fallen prey to mental illness are more likely to be hyperactive all the time. Even though children are usually hyperactive in their budding years, the levels of hyperactiveness portrayed by a child having a mental illness is comparatively high and in most circumstances, unexplained.
Trouble sleeping: If your child is unable to sleep at night and is complaining of consistent nightmares, there is a very good chance that something unusual is up with your child. If nothing seems to help your child fall asleep or get rid of his nightmares, it is highly recommended that you take him to an expert.
Failing to socialize: If your child is going through a mental condition, there is a high possibility that he will choose to always cling to you and refuse to socialize with other people. In extreme cases, the child attaches himself to an object (like a toy) and prefer to live in complete isolation from people.
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