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Emotional problems in children and adolescents are a reality. It may be difficult to accept but even very young children can suffer from Depression, Anxiety and other emotional disorders. Like adults, children can experience mood swings due to frustration, disappointment and sadness.

Normally these feelings fade away relatively quickly, but may become a source of concern if they sustain for a longer period of time. Moreover, children may not be able to express these feelings because of lack of vocabulary or understanding of difficult concepts such as self-esteem, guilt etc. However, these problems do get reflected in the behavior patterns of the child; recognizing these behavior pattern is the key to an early detection and treatment.

Emotional Problems in Children

Emotional problems in children can affect school performance, learning, social relations and self esteem and can interfere with the normal development of the child. Some common childhood emotional disturbances include anxiety & mood disorders, attention deficit & disruptive disorders, elimination disorders, and eating disorders.

Symptoms of Anxiety:

  • Difficulty separating from parents.
  • Clingy Behavior.
  • Fears about safety of self and/or parents.
  • Refusal to go to school.
  • Fatigue.
  • Feeling as though there is a lump in the throat.

Children often display unusual behaviors which can be symptoms of emotional disturbance. A diagnostic evaluation can help identify the possible causes, make an accurate diagnosis and subsequently an effective treatment plan, if needed.

Treatment Options for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

An emotional evaluation is helpful in diagnosing Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other emotional problems. Following an accurate diagnosis, children and adolescents with emotional disorders can benefit from a variety of treatments and services.

At Behavioral Care Services, we provide a supportive environment to help child communicate openly and confidentially about his concerns and feelings. We use effective therapeutic techniques on the basis of severity of symptoms and needs & personality of the individual.