Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. Helping young children and their parents manage difficulties early in life may prevent the development of disorders. Once mental illness develops, it becomes a regular part of your child's behavior and more difficult to treat.
In fact, many everyday stresses can cause changes in your child's behavior. Pay special attention to behaviors that include:
Academic issues like repeated failure, difficulty with particular subject, reading or writing difficulties,better with oral assignments compared to written one.
Behavior issues like poor attention, lack of concentration, restlessness, hyperactivity, stubborn, impulsivity
Problems across a variety of settings, such as at school, at home, or with peers
Changes in appetite or sleep
Social withdrawal, or fearful behavior toward things your child normally is not afraid of
Returning to behaviors more common in younger children, such as bed-wetting, for a long time
Signs of being upset, such as sadness or tearfulness
Signs of self-destructive behavior, such as head-banging, or a tendency to get hurt often
Psychosocial therapies can be very effective alone and in combination with medications.
Psychosocial therapies are also called "talk therapies" or "behavioral therapy," and they help
people with mental illness change behavior. Therapies that teach parents and children coping
strategies can also be effective.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that can be used with children.
It has been widely studied and is an effective treatment for a number of conditions, such as
depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety. A person in CBT learns to
change distorted thinking patterns and unhealthy behavior. Children can receive CBT with or
without their parents, as well as in a group setting. CBT can be adapted to fit the needs of
each child. It is especially useful when treating anxiety disorders.
Effects on family members due to their children behaviour-
Like other serious illnesses, taking care of a child with mental illness is hard on the parents,
family, and other caregivers. Caregivers often must tend to the medical needs of their loved
ones, and also deal with how it affects their own health. The stress that caregivers are
under may lead to missed work or lost free time. It can strain relationships with people who
may not understand the situation and lead to physical and mental exhaustion
Role of family therapy
We help family members find better ways to handle disruptive behaviors and encourage behavior
changes. Parents can also help by taking part in parenting skills training. This helps parents
learn how to handle difficult situations and behaviors. Training encourages parents to share a
pleasant or relaxing activity with their child, to notice and point out what their child does
well, and to praise their child's strengths and abilities. Parents may also learn to arrange
family situations in more positive ways. Also, parents may benefit from learning stress-management
techniques to help them deal with frustration and respond calmly to their child's behavior.