If you are concerned that your child is developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you child is in distress and needs immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.
Does your child need to see a GP?
If you’ve noticed changes in the way your child is thinking or feeling over the past few weeks or months that is concerning them and causing them distress, you should consider going to see their GP.
Some of the most frequently experienced symptoms of poor mental wellbeing include:
- loss of appetite
- feeling low or constantly anxious or worrying
- thinking negative thoughts about yourself
- irritability or moodiness
- finding it harder than usual to concentrate
- not enjoying your life as much as you once did
- finding day-to-day life difficult (not feeling up to washing or eating, for example)
- trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
- seeing or hearing things that other people do not see or hear.