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Common Problems

It’s easy to know when your child has a fever. A child’s mental health problem may be harder to identify, but you can learn to recognize the symptoms. Pay attention to excessive anger, fear, sadness or anxiety. Sudden changes in your child’s behavior can tip you off to a problem. So can behaviors like exercising too much, or hurting or destroying things.

An important note for parents:  Without quality assessment work done it can be difficult to pinpoint which problem area is most relevant to your keiki’s symptoms.  For instance, sometimes Trauma looks like Anxiety.  Qualified behavioral healthcare providers should be able to tease these issues out.  But without understanding the problem areas that are driving the symptoms, it can be very hard to decide on which types of interventions/treatments to try first.  For these reasons quality mental health work typically begins with quality assessment work.

Attentional

Attentional

Is it hard for your child to sit still? Does your child act without thinking first? Does your child start but not finish something?
Depression

Depression

It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" for a few days. It is a disorder of the brain.
Trauma

Trauma

Major psychological and emotional events may contribute to the development of trauma-related disorders.
Anxiety

Anxiety

Types include: Panic disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
Eating

Eating

Women are more likely than men to have eating disorders. They usually start in the teenage years.
Autism

Autism

Autism is a disorder that is usually first diagnosed in early childhood.
Disruptive

Disruptive

Disruptive behavior disorders are among the easiest to identify of all coexisting conditions.