An article written byMurk Qazi

Parents tend to be extremely cautious when it comes to their child’s or children’s, safekeeping. They make sure they take every possible measure to ensure that the little one is away from all the troubles of the world. From checking for signs of any possible allergy to aiding to their rashes and bruises, every possible thing is done.

Murk Qazi has BS Social Sciences degree to her credit, conferred by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology. She has developed numerous research studies in the domain of Psychology and otherwise. being a believer of meaningfulness, she is determined to make her career, and life in general, as much productive as her potentials would allow. Other interests include reading, art, literature, aesthetics, and food.

Editor: Haroon Christy

But children are more sensitive than just getting attacked by physical illnesses and allergies. In fact, they are highly prone to being psychologically hurt at a young age. With a physical symptom, parents can rush to the Emergency Room or get an appointment with a doctor for check up but sudden and subtle changes in children’s behaviors are much more difficult to detect, attribute, and recognize.

How do you know why your son has got quiet since the past few days all of a sudden? What has made your daughter disconnected with her friends lately? Where is a aggressive behavior coming from? Or what is causing the lack of interest in the activities that he or she cherished up till now?

Look for a Reason

Usually children behave oddly due to a noticeable reason like a move, new school, divorce between parents, etc. Adults can adjust much easily in such situations, but children need more time and meanwhile they have unusual behavior. This often worries the parents, but if it’s happening due to a reason then it may a be a phase, and would pass.

However, if there is no significant excuse to justify the change in a child’s behavior, then this should ring bells for you.

Pick Up the Cues

Statistics reveal that about one in every five children suffers from one or another kind of behavioral or emotional disorder, and that is quite alarming. If you notice signs of unusual behavior, like the ones discussed above, don’t take it lightly. While others may feel like it is a phase which would pass, you can certainly know better and identify if there is a real problem behind this mask of absurd behavior.

For your ease and assistance, we are quickly summarizing 13 signs from Ann Douglas’s book, Parenting Through the Storm: Find Help, Home, and Strength When Your Child Has Psychological Problems, which can help you identify a possible mental illness in your child before it becomes a crucial problem.