It is not uncommon to see children have, and go through some forms of emotional and behavioral problems while growing up.
Some conflicts set in between them and their peers, parents, siblings, a colleague at school and friends in the neighborhood. They run into problems while trying to cope with the academic hurdles and relationship with teachers at school.
And as all of these occurs, it is expected of the child to experience some ups and downs like being sad and emotional, depression and anxiety, fear, worry, and anger.
Sometimes however, they keep all of these feelings to themselves as some of them may find it hard to communicate and discuss their issues and challenges with their parents considering their age and maturity.
In the light of those above, how then does a parent determine whether seeing a child psychologist is best in tackling family issues, especially with children?
First off, when you start to notice some changes which have adversely affected the normal daily functions of the child, like reading, attending to class assignments, going to school, then it may prove beneficial to see a child psychologist.
Children may also benefit from psychological treatment when the problems they face are complicated and beyond the range of ordinary daily experience. For example, children who suffer from severe or life-threatening medical conditions often derive benefit from the assistance provided by a trained psychologist.
Ultimately, The psychologist focuses on helping these kids develop coping skills to deal with their unique situation and advises parents regarding how best to support their child (Irene M. Swerdlow Freed, 1999).
Also, you may consider seeing a child psychologist when the signs from the child are so severe and life threatening like false auditory sensations, assaulting others, severe depression leading the child into dangerous and/or life threatening behaviours.
Where it becomes so glaring that the child is becoming addicted to strange and dangerous habits like taking hard drugs or narcotics – which is tragically all too common – seeing a child psychologist is of the utmost imprtance.
Other signs may include, but not limited to, withdrawal and isolation from friends and siblings, a significant reduction in academic performance, acting out and excessive anger, sleeplessness.
When one or more of these are noticed, seeing a child psychologist is best suitable for your family.