Your child is your whole world, so when something seems off about them, it can be extremely distressing. Whether they have changed their sleeping or eating patterns, are moodier than usual, or there is a major change going on in their life, you may be considering taking your child to therapy. In our previous blog, we started going over signs that your child may need therapy.
It’s common for teens to withdraw from their parents in a bid for independence. It’s normal for your child to start spending less time with you and more with their peers. However, if your kid is withdrawing socially, it can be a sign that there is deeper problem. If they are avoiding social occasions, spending all their time alone, or not participating in family events they were previously fine with, it can indicate that there is something else going on with your teen emotionally.
Preoccupation with Death
Especially in their teen years, your child may express a keen interest in death. While a degree of curiosity about what happens after we die is a normal part of life, it’s concerning when it seems to be a genuine preoccupation. Additionally, if your child expresses a desire to die (“I wish I was dead” or “I want to kill myself”), it’s important to take this very seriously. If you are concerned that your child may be suicidal, it’s imperative to connect them with a mental health professional who can help.
Everyone worries, but if anxiety is controlling your child’s life, it’s a problem. If your child has started to avoid certain situations or activities due to excessive worry, or they are very distressed by their anxious thoughts, it may be time for therapy. Additionally, take note of any patterns of behavior that are connected to their anxiety—for example, repeated hand washing or obsessively checking to make sure the door is locked.
Is your child misbehaving more and more? Whether they are doing so at home, at school, or both, it’s a red flag that is worthy of your attention. If your child is consuming alcohol or drugs, breaking rules, not paying attention in class, and acting in a rebellious manner, it’s possible that this behavior change is due to a behavioral, learning, or mental disorder. A child psychologist may be able to help your child identify the source of the issue.
Loss of Interest in Activities They Love
Maybe your child is an avid baseball fan, a talented violinist, or a passionate artist. Whatever their specific interest, it’s part of their identity, and if they suddenly seem apathetic about it, this is a sign that there is something going on. If your child loses interest in activities or hobbies that they once enjoyed, it can be a sign of depression, and you will want to bring them to a therapist.
At Angela Reiter & Associates, we provide counseling for all ages. If you believe that your child will benefit from therapy, contact us to schedule an appointment with a psychologist in Eastchester.