Does YOUR child have a mental health problem?Ruth Mabhiza
Does YOUR child have a mental health problem? Psychotherapist reveals the VERY subtle signs that show they could be heading for a breakdown.
- Psychotherapist has developed a quiz to tell whether your child is struggling
- Susan Hepburn has over thirty years’ experience treating children
- Eating habits and interaction with social media can point to issues
- At the end of the quiz, you will get a score between 0 and 40 and advice on whether to seek further action
Most parents may think they would notice if their child was suffering with mental health issues, but as one psychotherapist points out, the signs can be very subtle.
With 50 per cent of mental health problems established by the tender age of 14, psychotherapist to the stars, Susan Hepburn, believes that it is vital that parents are aware of the hidden signs and symptoms that their child is suffering.
According to the latest statistics, ten per cent of children and adolescents aged 5-16 years currently have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70 per cent of these young people do not receive appropriate interventions at an early stage.
Susan says: ‘Children suffer mental health problems as a direct response to what is happening in their lives and too often, kids are expected to ‘grow out’ of their emotional problems.
‘But if you suspect signs of mental health illness such as ADHD, extremes or peculiarity of behaviour or depression in children, it’s important to seek help from an expert in child psychology.’
Hepburn adds: ‘Social media addiction, body image issues and exam pressures are frequent factors contributing to the poor mental health of children and young people’ and have become more commonplace these days.’
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Psychotherapist Susan Hepburn has developed a quiz on how to tell whether your child is suffering from mental health problems
Mental health issues are more likely to develop into a more debilitating condition if left untreated. That’s why it is important to deal with any issues as soon as possible.