Does My Child Need to See a Psychologist?

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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?

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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.

What do you think? Does My Child Need to See a Psychologist?

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  1. Avatar of Ashleigh Ashleigh says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article and found it to be very helpful.

  2. Avatar of Isidoro Isidoro says:

    REGARDING PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS FOR MY TODDLER OR ANY OTHER PERSON’S CHILD.I’D HAVE TO SAY ONLY IF YOU SEE SOMETHING THAT REALLY STANDS OUT.I’VE NOTICED THAT EVERY TIME YOU TURN AND READ SOMETHING. REGARDING PSYCHOLOGICAL NEEDS.EVERYONE WE DO IS ABNORMAL SO THAT MEANS WE ALL NEED HELP THEN.I’M A SINGLE DAD WITH FULL CUSTODY OF MY 2 YEAR OLD ,THAT I’VE RAISED ON MY OWN SINCE HE WAS 3 WEEKS OLD.I’M 48 AND HAVE A 25,21,& 20 YEAR OLDS AS WELL.I DON’T LIKE MEN WHO BEAT WOMAN OR USE THERE CHILDREN LIKE PONDS BUT I PERSONALLY WOULD NOT HAVE MY CHILD SEE A PSYCHIATRIST UNLESS IT WAS A PROBLEM,I SAY THIS CAUSE MY DAUGHTER HAD A ISSUE AND THE ISSUE WAS A PROMISE HER MOTHER MADE,WHICH WAS SHE’D NEVER MARRY AGAIN AND SHE DID.WHICH MY DAUGHTER ON HER OWN MADE SURE SHE’D KNOW IT.HER MOTHER HAD HER SEE A PSYCH WHICH THE MEDICATION MADE IT ALL BAD.TILL I STEPPED IN AND TOLD MY DAUGHTER WHEN SHE VISITS ME SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO TAKE HER PILLS WHICH SHE CONTINUED NOT TO ,THEN CONFESSED SHE HAD STOPPED TAKING THEM AND TALKED ABOUT HER ISSUE WITH HER.I WAS PRESENT WHEN ALL THIS TOOK PLACE AND ALL IS GOOD.I’M NOT SAYING TO DO THE SAME BUT IF WE ALL COMMUNICATED MORE,THE WORLD WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER……GOD BLESS

  3. Avatar of Kari Kari says:

    My 5 year old son was diagnosed with anger impulse disorder at the age of 4 right after my ex took custody of him. I think he senses the hostility from his father towards me, and it’s really sad how a parent uses a child as a pawn during a break-up just to gain the upper hand in a custody battle. Good article, though. It made me realize how much my little man needs his mommy. :)

  4. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Nice to know. I hope we won’t encounter them with our daughter and/or future children

  5. Avatar of MAMASEXXY MAMASEXXY says:

    I’VE KEPT A CLOSE EYE ON MY DAUGHTER SINCE SHE WAS BORN, I’M HAPPY SHE’S NEVER SHOWN ANY OF THESE SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS.

  6. Children respond to troubles just like adults will. Because we can not know whats going on in someone else head, then chances are you do not know whats going on in a child’s mind either. In a sociology course I have taken in the past, it explains this very thing. How people can not know what is going on in someone’s life by merely looking at them. Children need the same care an adult would need, but scaled to size and content a child can process.

  7. Avatar of StaceyBeck StaceyBeck says:

    Thanks for all the advice. I’ve been looking into psychologists Edmonton for my daughter but I keep stopping myself for some reason. I need to accept the fact that everyone needs some sort of help and that is okay.

  8. good to know what ot look out for

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