Berry and Reynolds Psychology

PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES IN MONA VALE, ON SYDNEY'S NORTHERN BEACHES

FOR CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, ADULTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

When do I seek help for my child?

Have you wondered WHEN is the right time to seek a psychologist’s help for your child? Here’s our advice.

A. If your child is experiencing either of these difficulties, seek help straight away:

  • Attempting to injure himself or herself
  • Hitting or bullying other children

B. If your child is demonstrating ANY of the below behaviours consistently over time (e.g. for more than 4 weeks), seek help:

  • Intense emotions such as angry outbursts or extreme fear
  • Obsessed with his or her weight, shape or appearance
  • Frequent and significant mood swings

If your child is displaying TWO or more of the below, seek help:

  • Increased difficulty at school (academically or socially)
  • Avoiding friends or family
  • Lacking energy or motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping, or lots of nightmares
  • Lots of physical complaints (headaches, tummy aches)
  • Neglecting his or her appearance
  • Eating significantly more or less than usual

By seeking help you're not necessarily committing to therapy or acknowledging a mental health disorder. People seek help for all kinds of reasons, including life transitions, difficulty understanding their own behaviour (or their child's), or wanting to make specific changes but finding that hard to do. You may seek help and only need to see a psychologist a couple of times. Or you may seek help about one thing and realise you really need help with something else more. So the path is rarely obvious and never pre-determined. When it comes to your child, the important thing is that you intervene early just in case there's something that requires professional assistance. There's nothing to lose by just checking things out :)

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