Mental health signs to look for: childhood

A child’s mental health challenges can be difficult for parents to recognize. This often means that children who could benefit from behavioral support services don’t receive the help they need. Learn about some of the most common warning signs of mental illness in children as well as strategies to cope, heal and move forward.

Mental health warning signs

If you are concerned about a problem with your child’s behavioral and emotional development, it is important to request a professional evaluation as soon as possible. Too often, children do not get the mental health services they need because they are expected to grow out of their behaviors. The following are some of the top ways to identify if a child could benefit from mental health services:

  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Debilitating fears or worries
  • Extreme disobedience, anger and aggression
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • More aggressive, hyperactive or emotional behaviors than their peers
  • Nightmares and trouble sleeping
  • Sudden mood swings or changes in school performance


Seeking treatment

If your child is showing signs of a mental health concern, contact a local service provider to set up an initial visit. Learn more about the process of seeking treatment in Stark County.