Mental health signs to look for: early childhood

Sometimes without warning, a child’s behavior takes a noticeable change for the worse. If they become unusually sad or suddenly disruptive, it may be difficult to determine if it’s just a phase or a symptom of something more serious. Understanding the warning signs of a significant emotional issue can help you decide when to seek professional help.

Children's mental health warning signs

All children act out through tantrums and some level of defiance, but when these behaviors are full-blown and frequent, it may be time seek professional support. The following are some of the common warning signs of a mental health issue in young children ages 3 and younger:

  • Concerns the child may harm a pet or sibling
  • Exclusions from play dates because of the child’s behavior
  • More severe and frequent tantrums than other children their age
  • Parents are exhausted from extremely difficult day-to-day care
  • Strained relationships resulting from parenting conflicts


Seeking mental health treatment

If your child is showing signs of a mental health concern, resources are available for professional screenings and treatment services. Learn more about the process of seeking treatment in Stark County or contact a local mental health service provider to set up an initial screening.