Mental Health Issues Impact Children Too

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Mental Health Issues Impact Children Too.


However, this is not the case and kids can also suffer from mental health symptoms. Here are some of the main problems to be aware of. 


Mental Health Issues include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and OCD.


Mental Health Issues Impact Children Too.



First, you need to think about whether your child is suffering from anxiety. Anxiety disorders can take lots of different forms and various things can make a child feel anxious. For instance, you might find that this is due to spending time in highly crowded areas. Some kids can’t cope with large crowds. However, in other cases anxiety could be caused by situations that they deal with every day such as school. If that’s the case, you need to give them coping mechanisms to ensure that they feel more comfortable. 




Next, you should think about issues with depression. Depression might seem like something that only adults experience but this isn’t the case. Depression can impact children and research has shown that even younger children can become depressed in certain circumstances. If you are worried about this, then you should think about arranging an appointment with a place such as The Potter’s House. They can help explore the reason why your child could be depressed. Issues with bullying or countless factors could be at play here.


Eating Disorders


From a young age, children are hit with images from society related to how they should look and how much they should weigh. While there have been steps as of late to ensure that everyone feels beautiful in their own skin, conventional beauty is still tied to being thin. This can lead to some children struggling with the pressure to keep their bodies the way they think they should look. You need to watch out for kids who don’t seem to eat a lot throughout the day. As well, watch for kids who push food around their plate at dinner time rather than eating it. If you are worried that your child is losing weight, then make sure that you do look at how you can encourage them to eat more nutritiously. 




Finally, you need to make sure that you look out for the signs of OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder. A lot of people confuse children who like to keep things tidy as OCD but this isn’t the same thing. OCD can be quite serious and might leave children struggling to cope or function. If they are having trouble with fulfilling a particular routine that they are used to this can be especially hard. If you are worried that your child is developing issues with OCD, then look at options and coping mechanisms available. You might also want to think about speaking to a professional about this.

A childs mental health  is extremely important to take notice of, be sure to spend family time together such as with DIY backyard projects and lean on these should issues arrive. If you explore the right options here, then you will be able to make sure that these issues aren’t going completely unnoticed.


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Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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30 thoughts on “Mental Health Issues Impact Children Too”

  1. What a great and informative post. Both adults and children can have mental health issues so it’s good to check up on them especially during this pandemic where things have been hard

  2. Great article with so much information. Thanks for sharing this. Very important to pay attention on this.

  3. This is such an important post. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this. Children are faced with so much today, much more than I ever was, and I still suffered/continue to suffer with all of these issues.

  4. Mental health issues for kids are not talked about often enough, I saw so much of it when I used to work with kids. They have just as many feelings as adults.

    1. Children have just as many feelings as adults but they do not have the maturity to deal with them. Adults can have a hard time even with the life experience.

  5. This is very informative. I think anxiety and eating disorders are the most common ones in children and teens. It’s really difficult. Always seek help if needed.

    1. Emman, you are spot on with the anxiety. The most common mental health disorders in teens definitely include disorders associated with anxiety. Seeking help is the best tip of all.

  6. I do see it in the schools. There are quite a few children we identify who need help and I always wonder how many we’ve missed. 🙁

  7. Such a gem here. It`s very important to know these. awareness is always the first step to combat issues.

  8. This is SO important to remember! For some reason, so many people think that mental health concerns only occur in adults, but children can absolutely have problems. It’s an especially hard time in the human experience to be that age.

    1. Unfortunately, many kids have heard “What do you have to be sad about?” or something similar. This is a dismissive statement and closes down the conversation. We need to keep the channels of communication open.

  9. Melanie williams

    This is great and good of you to write a post to raise awareness. Mental health does impact children and it is a very important time as kids are like sponges x

  10. This is an insightful truth into mental health issues impacting children too. It’s a fact that suicide rates have gone up too. So sad and important to pay attention.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.