It's difficult to distinguish between children's normal emotions and behaviors, and what's considered abnormal. You need more than just family members telling you a child exhibits negative behaviors and, therefore, has a serious behavioral health problem. At the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Lawrenceville are here to help.
How Do I Know if My Child Has Behavioral Issues?
Children who have frequent temper outbursts appear to have a serious problem to some, while others see this as normal or proof of assertiveness and independence. While being optimistic and positive is important, you need to be realistic.
Emotional difficulties are normal for children, especially when they are going through a phase, like the "terrible twos" or if the family is going through a hard time, like the death of a relative. Emotional difficulties like bouts of sadness and anger are normal, even for adults, but sometimes your child's responses are symptoms of behavioral health issues.
Parents may feel guilty and frightened regarding their children's behavioral health. Parents fear their children may be labeled and worry about giving their children medications that have severe side effects. While there is good parenting and bad parenting, your child's behavior may have nothing to do with you.
Types of Behavioral Problems to Ask About
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Do you want to speak with your pediatrician?
If you'd like to get a preliminary assessment, you can visit our website at palonline.net to use the symptom checker. If further you have questions or concerns feel free to contact the office at (770) 277-6725.