Children and adolescents can experience many types of psychological disorders. A few of the most common include eating disorders, anxiety disorders, ADH,D and many other disorders associated with autism and the autism spectrum. Children and adolescents can experience a wide range of symptoms, including moodiness, irritability, depression, extreme fluctuations in weight, and lack of concentration. Parents who believe their children or adolescents are exhibiting signs of a mental or psychological illness need to have their children evaluated to find an accurate diagnosis. Highly specialized treatments are available to help children and adolescents overcome their emotional or behavioral disorders.
Childhood and adolescent fears and phobias are based on many causes and events, such as witnessing a traumatic event, experiencing a devastating loss, or emotional distress that comes from poor self-confidence and self-image. Parents should be watchful of their children and adolescents and report any changes in behavior or attitudes to a psychologist to determine where the cause lies. Children and teenagers deal with fears and phobias in different ways. Some choose to become reclusive and withdrawn, while others lash out in fear and exhibit aggressive and uncontrollable behavior. Fears and phobias can be alleviated through counseling, role-playing, and many other treatment options that will put a young person’s mind at ease.
Abuse can create a wide range of psychological effects. Self-loathing, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, poor hygiene, little interest in personal appearance, lack of enthusiasm, little-to-no interest in favorite activities, unwillingness to assert oneself, and lethargy are just a few of the most common signs. Children and adolescents who are victims of any type of abuse often feel guilty as if they have done something to deserve the poor treatment. Sexual, verbal, mental, and psychological abuse can have a devastating impact on how the child or teenager looks at and perceives the world around her. Giving a young person solid emotional support during this difficult time is essential for good health.
Psychological effects of abuse in children and adolescents can also manifest in other types of mental and emotional disorders. Eating disorders and self-harm can develop as a result of abusive environments or if the psychological effects of abuse are left untreated. Pacific Psych Solutions is a safe and confidential resource for help, education, and treatment for children, adolescents, and their families.