Childhood is a stage of our lives that we remember with happiness (or some of us) but for other people it was a dark phase that they want to erase from their mind. And is that most of the great traumas that shocked a person for life occur in childhood . To give an example, a study carried out among 17,000 individuals established a clear correlation between the problems suffered during childhood and future medical problems. According to this study, those children who had had problems in their childhood were more prone to suffer cancer as well as to live an average of 20 years less than those who had had a happy childhood. Because of the importance it has, let's detail the signs that your child may need a child psychologist urgently.
It is possibly the first sign that your child may need psychological help . There are certain triggers of the aggressiveness that should be known before making a diagnosis:
- Low tolerance to frustration : Children have to learn that they can not get everything they want. If not, they can manifest aggression, especially when the child reaches the age of 7-8 years.
- Exposure to violent stimuli: Apart from the obvious ones (TV and video games), those homes in which anger expresses with violence can be the cause of this same aggressiveness in the child.
- Few social skills : This is one of the most common causes in children but also the most easily can be approached from the psychological perspective with various techniques
Difficulties of concentration
It is difficult for an adult to concentrate on a single stimulus with all the information he receives daily, Imagine a child! We live in a society in which Many media are requesting the attention of our children. This may to a certain extent enter normality during certain times but other major problems must be taken into account. If there are certain associated physical conditions, it may be ADHD . Also from emotional stress.
Changes in behavior
Changes are essential at maturity but are not given From overnight. If the child was kind and affectionate but changes drastically in a few days he may be suffering some kind of abuse at school . There may also be unresolved problems with either parent. Either way it is a alarm signal because if it is overlooked, these behavioral changes may affect the child's self-esteem or lead to a depression
Physical health problems
We tend to be alarmed when there is a physical problem and we quickly go to the pediatrician. This is a good way to react but if the family doctor makes sure that nothing happens and the child complains of stomach pains or headaches, then maybe he is somatizing an emotional state . Children do not have enough emotional resources or the necessary experience to cope with certain situations so it is usual to somatize in these cases.
Regression to previous stages
It is the alarm signal par excellence. When your child who had not had wet the bed again or asks for a pacifier at an age that no longer corresponds to him, it is that he has regressed. Because they exist? Sometimes it may only be a few weeks in which case the first thing we should do is not to be alarmed and wait. However, if it passes a couple of months it is necessary to take action on the matter because that regression may occur because at that stage of his life the child felt more protection than he is perceiving in the current moment. In those cases immediate psychological help is required to detect possible external threats that are affecting the child.
Author : Alex Bayorti (collaborator of our Blog)