It is important for parents to be aware of their children’s behaviors that indicate that the help of a psychologist is needed. Sadness, prostration, apathy, loss of interest, aggression or excessive crying … can be signs that something is not going well with your little one”. To help you understand if you need to seek professional assistance, we listed the main signs that your child needs a psychologist.
Abrupt or exaggerated behavior change
It can happen that the child changes his way of behaving exaggeratedly, without necessarily meaning a problem. However, sometimes these changes can damage the health or relationships of the little one, causing suffering to him. These changes in behavior usually occur in sleep (when you pee or refuse to sleep alone); in food (overeating or having no appetite) or at school (for behavioral or learning problems). The school, by the way, becomes a great ally of the parents for having the opportunity to observe the child throughout the day, when the parents are not present.
The exaggerated aggressiveness , if not settled by family conversations, can be a sign that the little one is not dealing well with any feeling or situation. In such cases, it is advisable to seek professional help.
Too much agitation, restlessness or difficulty keeping your attention
Currently, many children are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and end up being medicated, sometimes without real need. In cases of agitation, restlessness and lack of attention, therapy can be a great ally. It helps not only the child, but also parents and family members to deal with the situation. Most of the time, a change in the parents’ behavior and attitude can even solve the child’s problem. Since they have a great influence on what the children feel, think and how they behave.
Whether due to behavioral problems or learning difficulties, child psychotherapy has a lot to contribute in these cases, guiding parents and the school.
Regression from some stage of development
This is common when a little sibling arrives, for example, or in situations where the child feels insecure for some other reason. In this case, it is important to be attentive and observe the child. The accompaniment of a professional can help a lot.
Impaired health, especially when there is no biological cause
Sometimes children get sick without their parents finding a biological or physical cause. You must always be aware of the symptoms. Often, what children cannot verbalize, appears as a symptom, be it behavioral or physical. It is the body speaking for the child.