Taking Your Kids to Psychologists
The need of psychologists is not limited to adults. Kids can benefit greatly from psychological therapy. Psychologists can help your child in variety of ways. They can help them develop their problem-solving skills as well as help them deal with stress and emotional and behavioral issues. Kids are carefree and stress is something experienced by adults is a myth. Many kids face emotional issues causing stress and anxiety. Your kid may feel stressed and pressured in school due to school work and exam, bullying, peer pressure, etc. or at home due to conflicts with family members, recent divorce of parents, illness in the family, etc.
Often, as a parent, you may have apprehensions or hesitations in taking your child to see a psychologist. You may have reservations that it will affect your child’s confidence or led them to think something is wrong with them. You may also think that dealing with issues on their own build character. It might be true to an extent but if your child is suffering from psychological problems, this can actually hurt them.
There is an entire field of psychology reserved for children called child psychology and psychologists who treat children are called child psychologists. Child psychologists work with children to diagnose problems and disorders, and provide therapy accordingly. In addition to treating emotional disturbance, they assess kids for disorder such as learning disabilities, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, anxiety and depression. They also evaluate children for developmental delays, autism and other development related problems. Significant events such as death in the family or friends, divorce, abuse, illness in the family or any other trauma can cause stress in your kid resulting in behavioral problems, moodiness, lack of appetite or sleep, and academic or social malfunction. A child may become withdrawn, anxious or even teary. Psychologists can help your kid deal with these issues in a safe and comfortable environment. Depending on the issue, they use variety of techniques and settings to treat them.
Psychologists are experts in determining the core issues through behavior, actions and feeling. It is harder for kids to deal with feelings and problems. Psychologists help them understand their feelings, resolve problems and deal with stressful situations. The ultimate goal is to make your child feel better and do better in life. They mainly treat children by listening and talking with them.
Psychologists help kids deal with strong and difficult feelings. In addition to aforementioned issues, they can help kids in dealing with shyness and inability to communicate effectively, feeling of worry, stress or fear which keeps them from eating and sleeping properly or enjoying and having fun, sadness and grief and excessive anger. They listen to children and make them feel understood. They can teach them how to get along with others, how to cope with loss and deal with tough situations. They can coach them on improving their listening skills, concentration and productivity in school. They can help kids in improving their daily routine, eating habits, exercise and sleeping. They can even help kids quit a bad habit.
In short, child psychologists work with infants, toddlers, children and teens. Some psychologists specialize in a specific age group. But despite age group, all child psychologists focus on helping understand, avoid and cure developmental, cognitive, emotional and social problems that your child may be suffering from.