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Warning Sign: Isolation

“Children are meant to be social and make friends as best they can. In fact, it can be who their first friends are that contribute to how they grow up and who they grow up to be. If you find your child isolating more than usual, that could be a warning sign — especially if your child is usually outgoing and makes friends easily.

Mental illness, especially in children, can be a frightening and discouraging thing. Coming from someone who has personally lived through it before I even hit double digits, it was exhausting and frustrating as a child. Especially because kids don’t understand what’s going on. With that said, there are always resources to turn to and help you can get.

Counseling is an option for children, and there are even specialists who focus specifically on child psychology. Although it can be scary, uncertain and heartbreaking to think that your child is struggling, getting them help sooner rather than later could be the difference between a healthy and unhealthy childhood, and even possibly into adulthood. Another option is medication. I have been medicated since the beginning of my mental health journey and I can confidently say that without it, I would not be where or who I am today.

Whatever is the best option for you and your child, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Talk to your child and try to understand where they’re coming from. Carefully bring up the topic and ask how they are most comfortable getting help. Make it seem non-negotiable — as it should be. The first step to getting help is having them want it themselves as much as you want it for them, too.”

Story source: NAMI

If you’ve noticed a change in your child’s behavior from social isolation to sleepless nights, contact your child’s health care provider.

For more signs, symptoms, and information from our friends at NAMI, click HERE.

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