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Childhood is a crucial period when the foundations of personality are being laid. Today’s children are facing stress related to educational performance as well environmental factors. Stress in children manifests as variety of behaviour and emotional problems like habit disorders, aggressive and inattention, mischievousness, or anxiety disorders like fear, shyness, or stammering. Prevalence of psychological problems in children aged 5 - 15 years is 15-20%. If such symptoms persist for excessive period of time, they may interfere with normal development; so they need to be taken seriously. Some of the types of problems we commonly seen in our practice include,

Habit disorders

  • thumb sucking
  • nail biting
  • other purposeless movement disorders

Anxiety Disorders

  • separation anxiety
  • school refusal
  • performance anxiety
  • phobic disorders
  • obsessive and/or compulsive disorders

Emotional issues

  • temper tantrums
  • breath-holding spasms

Depression in childhood and adolescent age

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.)

Disruptive disorders

Oppositional defiant disorders

Conduct Disorders

  • Disobedience
  • Stealing
  • lying

Speech and Language disorders

  • delayed speech
  • wrong pronunciation
  • stammering

Eating disorders

  • Overeating
  • refusal to eat
  • food fads (making fuss about type of food)

Somatoform Disorders

  • physical symptoms due to underlying psychological causes; e.g., hysteria.

Sleep disorders

  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares
  • night terrors
  • sleepwalking

Problems of scholastic performance

Learning Disabilities

  • DYSLEXIA - reading, writing, spelling and mathematical difficulties.

Elimination disorders

  • nocturnal enuresis
  • bed wetting
  • faecal soiling

Substance-use disorders including alcohol, opium, caffeine etc.

Developmental disorders like mental retardation require special individualized educational and vocational counselling.

Pervasive Developmental Disorders

  • Autism
  • organic brain disorders
  • disintegrative disorders

Children in stress, and under special circumstances – adoption, custodial care, foster parenting etc.

The assumption that, a child is easier to treat than an adult, is proved wrong as children require consideration of genetic, physical, intellectual, family and other environmental factors. All these factors are to be considered in holistic treatment. Treatment may be lengthy as it is not only child but child in the context of family, school and larger community that may need time for ultimate recovery. Each child is an exceptional unduplicated unique individual requiring individualized assessment and management strategies to rectify the problem. Most cases require multimodal interventions which utilize child’s therapy with aggressive family intervention, other corrective measures. Understand our treatment plan