Like adults, children and adolescents can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act. Some behavioral and emotional concerns that a child may exhibit can be quite normal and are a part of growing up, and many parents can help and support their child through these difficulties.
Such difficulties can include problems at school, with friends or at home. But there are also times when a child may need or benefit from extra support and assistance.
Signs to Look Out For
The following signs, when experienced on a sustained basis, may be reason for consulting with your child's doctor or a mental health professional:
Frequent feelings of depression, unhappiness, or despair
Feelings of anxiety or significant mood swings
Frequent periods of confusion or forgetfulness
Lack of interest in family, friends, or activities he or she used to enjoy
Destruction of property
Difficulty with concentration in school work and other activities
Inability to make friends with other children
Angry, belligerent behavior
Case Management Services
One service available to families who have a child with a serious emotional or behavioral disorder is case management, offered on a voluntary basis through this agency. For a referral, please call (507) 304-4444.