Trust your gut.

You know your child better than anyone. If you suspect your child is struggling with an emotional or behavioural problem or needs help coping with a difficult life event seek help.  Speak with a health provider – community nurse, GP, paediatrician, & or psychologist, for guidance.

It’s not uncommon for parents to think their child’s problem will resolve itself.  But if your child has been suffering for a few weeks or months it’s time to get help.  The earlier they get treatment, the easier it’s to help them, before they fall behind their peers in social and academic development. A 2015 study suggests that a child with even mild mental health issues left unchecked may develop more serious problems as a young adult. See article https://www.fsfinc.org/blog/childhood-mental-health-problems-will-grow/

As mental health experts, we have seen firsthand the positive and lasting effects of therapy with young children.