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Does Your Child Need To See A Psychologist?

Alma Fuller

Having children can be one of the most wonderful experiences of one's life, but with children also come many trials. In addition to the various medical problems that most children have, such as measles or chicken pox, some children also have psychological issues. These issues often develop very early in life, and children with these issues often benefit by getting help from psychologists. Read on to learn more about various psychological disorders in children and their symptoms.

Early Psychological Disorders

Unfortunately, many psychological disorders can begin in infancy and will get progressively worse over time if not properly dealt with and treated. Some disorders are rare, while others are much more common and affect millions of children. The most commonly diagnosed disorders in children include developmental disorders like autism and anxiety issues (can include separation anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder that is a result of abuse or other serious traumas). Other disorders that are often treated by psychologists include the following:

  • Mood Disorders – These can include bipolar issues and depression.
  • ADD or ADHD – These disorders cause disruptive behaviours.
  • Eating Disorders – In younger children, this may involve eating odd items that aren't food-related.

What to Look For

In many cases, children have psychological disorders and there are no signs that parents or caregivers are able to notice. Other times, children display a number of symptoms of various psychological disorders. Some of the most common symptoms to look for include sleep issues, bad dreams or night terrors, serious fears, being clingy to parents or caregivers, and being scared easily. Other signs parents need to be aware of include children being overly aggressive, children being withdrawn, children being hyperactive, and bed wetting, and more:

  • Learning issues
  • Language and speech development delays
  • Talking to and hearing unseen people (not the usual imaginary friends that children come up with)
  • Inability to deal with emotions
  • Lack of emotions
  • Temper issues
  • Complaints about non-existent health problems (tummy aches, headaches,and many others.)
  • Extreme crankiness
  • Displaying sexual behaviours

If you notice that your child is acting strangely, it is a good idea to start looking for other symptoms as well. It is most likely that they are just doing strange things that children do. But, if there are too many symptoms, it may be time to take your child to see a psychologist to get to the root of the problem. For more information, contact a business such as The ACT Centre.


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Risk management is my field of expertise. People think it's boring but I actually think it's massively interesting. Analysing the risks of different industries takes time and requires you to dig far beneath the surfaces of an organisation's day-to-day activities, into the underlying issues that they work in and advise on. Sometimes the simplest, most immediate businesses, have long term risks that they have never considered. I help people stay in business and stay sustainable. I am constantly working on educating myself to stay relevant as a risk management consultant and keep abreast of changes and developments in the industry.