• Namita Garg

Psychological problems in children

Just as adults, children can suffer from psychological problems. These may be considered to be behavioral, mental, emotional or learning disorders. Treatments exist for each type of disorder and a mental health professional can determine if a child indeed has a particular problem. Many psychological problems cycle with periods of worsening followed by periods of improvement. Some issues resolve while others persist through adulthood. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment increases the likelihood of successful management of these disorders.

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Common issues faced by children:

  • Depression: Depression is often marked by a lack of interest in activities, sadness and exhibition of poor self-esteem.

  • Conduct disorder: In this disorder, the child encounters difficulty behaving in the way that is expected of him. He may run away from home, steal, set fires, destroy property or harm animals, siblings or peers.

  • Anxiety: These disorders are characterized by significant fear and uneasiness that lasts for a month or longer and affects the child's quality of life.

  • Eating disorder: Some children fall victim to eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Typical symptoms are being underweight, feeling she is fat even when she is thin, obsession with counting calories, and frequent excuses for not eating.

  • Attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is suspected when a school-aged child has difficulty focusing on homework, paying attention in class, sitting still, staying in line or waiting his turn to speak.

  • Learning disorder: Some children have difficulty learning at the same level as their peers. It may help to determine how the child learns best. For some children, reading is easier for them, while other children benefit from a visual demonstration.

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