Child or Adolescent Issues are very common and even those who seem very well adjusted will face occasional setbacks while growing up. As part of growing up, they may go through tough periods of atypical behavior. Sometimes, there may be an underlying issue that the child or teen has trouble managing on their own.
Things like divorce, adoption or bullying can be difficult for a child to work through without help. Additionally, children and adolescents can suffer from many of the same problems facing adults, including depression, insomnia, anxiety, poor self-esteem or eating disorders. A qualified therapist can help a child or adolescent to develop healthy ways to cope with whatever issue is on their mind.
Child and Teen Issues and Mental Health Risks
Child and Teen face specific challenges during their phases of development which are worked through during the process of growing up. However, if an event, situation or a challenge is extremely difficult or distressing this can lead to a child or teen showing mental health issues. It is possible for mental health issues to manifest as a result of distressing life events such as bereavement, particularly the death of a family member, physical or sexual abuse, poverty or homelessness or domestic violence. Less extreme situations can cause mental health issues to manifest particularly when they occur in quick succession or at once. These situations may include; moving home or school, being bullied, extra responsibility and parental divorce or separation.
Age and gender can influence a child or teen’s ability to cope with and bound-back from life changes. As an example it has been seen that younger children usually adjust more easily to their parents’ separation of divorce than older children. Mental Health issues, such as bipolar, which can run in families can lead to affected children and teens having a harder time adjusting to pressures and challenges.