Does My Child Need to See a Psychologist?
When children display signs suggesting a possible mental health issue, the sooner it is diagnosed and treated, the better the overall prognosis.
Parenting very young children can be stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Every sniffle, cough, and fever can have you frantically wondering if your child needs to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Medical problems, unfortunately, aren’t the only health issues that can plague infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. There are many psychiatric disorders that can develop in early childhood as well.
So how do you know if your child needs to see a psychologist, or other mental health professional? Do you listen to your Great Aunt Martha, who’s pushing 80? After all, she raised seven kids of her own, so she must know everything. Do you take the latest quiz in your parenting magazine to see if little Suzie is developing normally? Or do you trust your instincts when something about your child seems off?
While it can be helpful to consult with other parents or family members, regarding your child’s behavior or development, ultimately you know your child best. If you’ve been noticing things that seem unusual, or just have that gut feeling that something is wrong, don’t ignore it. When children display signs suggesting a possible mental health issue, the sooner it is diagnosed and treated, the better the overall prognosis.