PEDIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental health is part of the human experience.
And, much like physical health, it needs to be maintained. Mental Health counseling works to instill coping techniques used to manage: Anxiety-Excessive worrying that may impact a child’s ability to participate in certain activities. Depression-May included low mood, tearfulness, and loss of interest in activities and/or relationships. Grief-Followed by the loss of loved ones (pets included) or in preparation for anticipated losses. Low Self-Esteem-Includes a lack of confidence, feeling down on themselves, and excessively comparing themselves to others. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-Can present itself as an inability to focus, impulsiveness, or hyperactivity. Traumatic Events-Events that pose a direct threat to a child’s safety. This may include instances where children have directly experienced threats to their physical or emotional well being, as well as witnessing traumatic events.
SHOULD MY CHILD GET A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION?
When in doubt, check it out.
If you notice changes in your child’s behaviors, mood, or routine, you may want to consider getting an assessment.
Example changes to look for:
Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
Social withdrawal, isolating from peer and/or family supports
Increase difficulty interacting with peers (including siblings)