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.