Childrens mental health

Child’s mental health

 

Poor mental health can affect the way people think, act, and feel. Taking care of your child’s mental health is as important as taking care of their physical health. Just because mental health issues are not visible to the eye- it does not make them non-existent. You, as a parent, can play a significant role in improving your child’s mental health.

Statistics show that one in ten children and youngsters are affected by mental health problems. These issues are inclusive of anxiety, depression, conduct disorders, and impulse control disorders1. More often than not, these issues are developed as a response to their surrounding event. 

Shockingly, 70% of children and teenagers who go through mental health issues have not received any treatments for their problems1. It is estimated that 9.8 million Indians in the age range of  13-17 years are suffering from severe mental health issues2. Moreover, WHO reported that in 2012 258,075 Indian students had committed suicide3. These figures show that the impact of mental illnesses is far more than society can imagine, and the awareness about the seriousness of these illnesses is not adequate. 

Things that help develop a mentally healthy child:

As science suggests, a healthy mind leads to a healthy body; a healthy body similarly leads to a healthy mind. Therefore, ensuring your child gets access to nutritional food, a balanced diet, and is physically active can help your child be mentally active.

If a child is given the freedom to make his own decisions, even for as little as choosing their time to play builds strong decision-making skills and resilience to deal with any consequences they face due to their decisions.

Giving your child authority to present their opinions helps them gain confidence in their stand about their likes and dislikes. This also gives them certainty that their parents support them with their thoughts.

Ensure enough admiration, validation, safety, and understanding is given to your child and that they are aware of it. When providing your child with these values, remember to deliver it how they want to receive it and not the way you want to show them.

Engagement is vital; however, over-engagement can put you in a bad light as it may seem that you are keeping tabs on your child and therefore questions your trust.

Teach your child to ‘accept’ themselves just the way they are and show them that their flaws do not matter to you as well.

Child behavior to look out for:

  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Trouble adjusting or being fixated in one place or position.
  • Repeats actions with constant checking of things out of fear.
  • Has recurrent stomach and headaches (with no known cause)
  • Shows fewer interests in activities
  • Afraid to go to school

 

Diagram

Description automatically generated 6

Highly common mental health illnesses developed in children and adolescents are anxiety disorders, ADHD or other behavioral disorders, impulse control disorders, mood disorders such as depression and substance abuse. There is a 15-20% lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders in children4. A wide range of anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Phobia, etc., share similar features of depressive conditions and adversely affects a child’s academic performances, relations with family, and enjoying hobbies 5.

How can you help your child if you think they may face any such issues

  • The foremost thing is to openly communicate with your child and allow them to share their thoughts and feelings with you without being judged.
  • Meet with your child’s tutor or supervisor to review their behavior within classrooms and during playtimes
  • Speak with your child’s paediatrician to discuss any unusual behavior.
  • Consider talking to a mental health therapist with the expertise to help you and your child in dealing with the ongoing difficulty.

A therapist will conduct standardized assessments with your child and provide you with a diagnosis that helps you move forward. Apart from the assessments, the therapist may schedule interviews with the parents to understand the dynamics of the family in a better way.

 

Childrens mental health

Reference

References

1 https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ Children-and-young-people

2 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. National Mental Health Survey of India; 2016.  Available from: http://www.indianmhs.nimhans.ac.in/Docs/Summary.pdf .

3 World Health Organization. Preventing Suicide: A global Imperative. 2012

4 Beesdo K, Knappe S, Pine DS. (2009) Anxiety and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents: developmental issues and implications for DSM-V. Psychiatry Clinical North America, 32(3):483-524.

5 Creswell C, Waite P, Cooper PJ. (2014). Assessment and management of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 99(7), 674-678.

6 https://childmind.org/2015-childrens-mental-health-report/

 

Profiles of Best Online Psychologists

Connect with an expert

  • Video Call
  • Messaging
  • Phone
Explore Happiness at HopeQure

Explore Happiness at HopeQure

Request A Call Back

Best Online Therapy by Top Psychologists in India

Best Counselling Platform India

Find and Connect with Your Therapist

Best Online Counselling India

Most Preferred Online Counselling Platform

Best Online Therapy India

Find a therapist that can help you

Certified and Experienced Therapist

  • Video Call
  • Messaging
  • Phone

5/5

premium

₹ 900

Ms. Priyanka Walia
Ms. Priyanka Walia
Psychological Counsellor

03 years of Experience

M.A. Counselling Psychology

Priyanka is an energetic and compassionate mental health professional working closely in the field of Counselling Psychology. Dealing with clients with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, childhood traumas and self worth issues. With a hope to elevate clients self awareness and confidence, she would like to contribute in the holistic well being of the client. Have an expertise in the field counselling and therapy. She believes a strong self is the key to living a happier life.

5/5

premium

₹ 900

Ms. Shubhangi Bhargava
Ms. Shubhangi Bhargava
Psychologist

04 years of Experience

M.Sc. Clinical Psychology

Shubhangi is an experienced mental health professional working closely in the field of Clinical Psychology. Dealing clients with Depression, anxiety, OCD, child-parent issues, relationship issues. With a zeal to work in the field of mental health to facilitate people in having a better life, she is a trained Hypnotherapist. Have an expertise in the field of counseling, therapy, psychological assessments. She believes in holistic development of an individual.

5/5

premium

₹ 900

Ms. Arushi Bhatnagar
Ms. Arushi Bhatnagar
Psychologist

04 years of Experience

M.Sc. Neuropsychology

I am a neuropsychologist dedicated to working closely with individuals to help them deal with procrastination, low motivation, low self-esteem, lack of clarity, and difficulty in managing emotions using Neuropsych-backed techniques. Providing support for anxiety, stress, low moods, behavioral and relationship-related issues.

5/5

premium

₹ 900

Mr. Agam Gupta
Mr. Agam Gupta
Psychological Counsellor

06 years of Experience

M.Sc. Neuropsychology

I help my clients to first get an in-depth understanding about their core psychological issues and then work with them to develop an easy & solution focused plan of action to deliver expected results. My incisive knowledge in Applied Psychology and Neuropsychology equips me to understand human behavioral problems and daily life issues stemming from various personal & social stressors and find ways to make my clients reach the state of Psychological Homeostasis ( back to normal state).