Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents are very susceptible to abuse, bullying, depression and suicide.  Due to their age, it is easy to not really hear what they say or see the signs that there may be a problem. If you suspect a problem, please contact me to set up an appointment.

Depressed Child

Abuse

Child abuse happens when a parent or caregiver causes harm to a child whether physical, emotional, sexual, neglect of basic human needs and exploiting. If any of the above has taken place and has caused harm, serious injury, emotional and psychological problems or death. This is  Abuse and therefore the child needs to be treated.

Bullying

Bullying happens in all situations not just in schools, it can happen at socials or friends houses. It is a form of power imbalance.

Types of bullying

  • Today the children at school stole my lunch
  • They put me in a trash can
  • They throw stones at me
  • Pulled down my pants
  • Laughed at me
  • Told me I am stupid
  • Called me names

Bereavement

A child or adolescent may find it more difficult to accept or understand the loss of a person as they are unable to process their feelings and work through them as an adult would. They would need a lot more time and might need some assistance to guide them through this difficult time.

Depression

Depression can affect children and adolescents, just as it affects adults. As a parent try to not overrule a child that says he or she is sad, feeling hopeless..don’t rule it as a behaviour problem. Rather seek advice first.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • High anxiety
  • Decreased concentration
  • Guilt
  • Weight increase or decrease
  • Crying spells

Suicide

Suicide among teens and children often occurs following a stressful life event, such as problems at school, a breakup with a boyfriend or girlfriend, the death of a loved one, a divorce, or a major family conflict.

Signs to Look Out For

  • Talk about suicide or death openly
  • Give hints that they might not be here in a week or so
  • Say things like they are worthless
  • They stay in their rooms and withdraw from socialising
  • Write dark poetry, songs etc
  • Give away their valuables
  • Might stop playing sports
  • Loose weight
  • Stop sleeping or sleep to much
  • An attitude of “whats the point”
  • They make statements like “they are better off without me”
  • Feeling like they can’t breathe
  • Statements like “dying is better”