The Importance of Being Pro-active About Your Child’s Mental Health

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Although not as obvious as physical ailments, issues with one’s mental health can be just as detrimental to a person’s well-being. The reality is that 20% of children between the ages of 13 and 18 will have a mental health issue that needs to be addressed (1). It is crucial to monitor your child, especially teenagers, for warning signs that could indicate a current or future issue.  Symptoms include (2):

1.)    Excessive sleeping

2.)    Loss of self-esteem

3.)    Loss of interest in favorite activities

4.)    Unusual decline in academic performance

5.)    Weight loss or loss of appetite

6.)    Personality shifts, such as an increase in aggressiveness.

At Old Harding Pediatrics we are just as committed to helping you manage your child’s mental health as we are their physical health.  If you have concerns about your child or think they should be seen for any of the above symptoms, please do not hesitate to call our office at 615-352-2990 to discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. For additional information on warning signs and cause for concern, please watch this brief video from Dr. James Keffer, one of our physicians. Thank you for trusting us with their care of your children.