If your child’s behavior has been very odd and you are getting concerns from teachers, coaches, or other parents, you need to find out what is going on. There are a lot of different things that could affect your child’s mental health as they age, including peer pressure, hormones and more.

If you feel that your child seems depressed or has anxiety, you may want to have them talk with a psychologist, so the medical professional can do an evaluation. Here are three signs your child needs help.

Their Words Scare You

Is your child making threats or saying things that make you think they are planning on doing something that is dangerous to themselves or others? Are they saying terrible things about themselves that lead you to believe that they have very low self-esteem, or that they deeply disdain another person? These are things that should worry you, and threatening behavior should possibly be examined by a psychologist.

You Have a Family History of Mental Health

Does their current unhappy mental state concern you even more because you have a family history of mental health concerns, like bi-polar disorder and depression? Mental illness can be genetic, so a past history of mental conditions in the gene line should be noted to your child’s physician and to the psychologist if they get evaluated. Knowing what condition they may be likely to have can help you get ahead of the problem.

They Look Unhealthy

Is your child starting to look physically unhealthy? Are they constantly tired looking, with bags under their eyes or redness? Are they dealing with changes in their weight and a lack of care in their physical appearance? These are all things that could be a call for help, and they are signs you can notice when your child isn’t telling you they have a problem.

If you have noticed that your child is starting to withdraw themselves from their friends and social situations, and from you, you don’t want to wait any longer to reach out and get help. You want to get them back to being both mentally and physically healthy as quickly as you can. It isn’t always easy to talk with your child about things that are going on in their life, or making them do things they don’t want to do, but talking with a psychologist like those at Sojourn Wellness Group Counselling may be the best answer for you and your child.