Child and Teen Counseling – Therapists and Counselors in Houston, TX
The onset of a mental illness often presents itself in childhood. With the rapid changes that happen in your child during their early years it is sometimes hard to know what is considered a typical behavior change and what could be an indicator of something more serious. Child counseling can help children who are experiencing the onset of a mental health disorder and take the uncertainty out of the equation.
How can I tell if my child’s problems are serious?
Not every change in behavior is a link to a more serious problem. Children, like adults, can react to a stressful situation with a behavior that’s out of the ordinary but does not mean there’s any indication of a more serious underlying diagnosis. For example, the death of a loved one can cause a child to become preoccupied with the idea of death, but it doesn’t necessarily mean are showing signs of a mood disorder.
However there are times when certain behaviours can indicate a possible mental health concern. They include:
- When the behaviour is seen across a number of different environments, such as at school, at home and with peers
- A return to behaviors that are not age appropriate, such as bed wetting
- Self-destructive behavior, such as head banging
- Significant changes in sleep patterns or appetite
- Expressing fear for things or situations that never used to cause a fearful reaction
How can a child counselor help?
If you feel as though your child may be suffering from a mental health disorder, a child counselor can be helpful in assessing the type of diagnosis and possible treatments. A counselor is trained in spotting the early signs of a disorder and providing the best care right from the onset of symptoms. Having a trained professional on your side can give you peace of mind and take the guessing out of the signs you may be observing.
If you are still unsure of what signs to look for or would like to book an appointment, talk to one of our child counselors today to find out how they can help you and your family.