How do I know if my child needs a psychiatric evaluation?
Sometimes children experience intense and overwhelming emotions, and the struggle with these feelings can lead to problematic behaviors. These behaviors can vary in frequency and intensity and include disruptive and out of control behaviors, problems with relationships, anger, frustration, feeling overwhelmed, worried, sad, or possibly suicidal.
Children can also be struggling with the feelings evoked by separation, divorce, loss and grief, personal injury or trauma, and show a departure from their normal functioning.
Further, children may have attentional and focus difficulties, risk-taking behaviors, or be impulse-ridden.
If your child is struggling with behavioral or emotional disturbances, that are either acute or long-standing, and not improving, or your child has experienced a significant life event, an evaluation and treatment can help.