Always keep in mind For a healthy Childhood, don’t keep the doctor away, though it’s kinda funny to hear but that’s the mantra for your kids physical and mental health. Later half of this article we gonna discuss about ‘child personality disorders’ so keep tuning 🙂
If you ever ask someone what health means to them, they will most probably say a healthy body and a healthier brain. Even google for that matter will tell you that health is ‘a person’s mental and physical conditions’ – body and mind together make your health, they are not mutually exclusive. And this begins right from childhood. Children’s mental health not only determines what kind of people they will grow into, but also how are they growing up – are they healthy? are they happy? are they okay?
How important is a kid’s mental health?
There cannot be enough emphasis made on how important a kid’s mental health is. Because mental health is not an issue that only ‘adults’ or older people deal with. Children’s mental health and all the lasting effects they have are dangerous, in every sense of the word. The incidents of childhood, the things they went through during that time or are going through, always leave a lasting imprint on the subconscious. Issues like anxiety disorder, ADHD, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and so many more can be found in more than around 10% of kids and children (5-16 years of age). The sad thing is there are enough or rather too little narratives which openly talk about . As a result, more than 70% of those with mental disorders don’t receive proper diagnosis or treatment.
So many of these children battle with life, with people around them, and with themselves – just because they are scared or they just don’t know if something or what is happening with them. And no one else understands or perceives that either. And before we go further, I would like to make it a point that nothing, absolutely nothing is wrong with these kids. That said, it doesn’t mean that they do not need any treatment or diagnosis or proper looking after. So to understand how we go about understanding these issues, let us first look at what are the actual causes for these.
What causes mental health issues in children?
There are no concrete or singular causes as to why these mental issues happen or occur in children to disturb the kid’s mental health. So, just like other physical health issues, these causes can be broadened to biological, environmental and physical factors. Biological factors could be genetic disorders, anomalies or complications. Absence or excess of even half or a single chromosome, imbalanced neurotransmitters, decreased or increased size of some part of the brain. Conditions like autism spectrum disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorders, anxiety are the most common ones.
Then there are environmental and physical factors that affect a child’s growth mental growth or any other disorder he/she develops or is born with.
Pay heed to the emotional needs
But, not much attention is paid to how much a child is affected emotionally, by many things that go around them that result in mental conditions. These become psychological risk factors and as far as the children’s mental health is concerned, there will certainly be reason for concern. For example, we all know that every child needs attention and care, all of us do; and when they are deprived of this attention, they become anxious or depressed or develop a low self-esteem, children who don’t have or witness a happy family life become anxious, have a hard time confiding in people or just become outright abusive. If a parent has an alcohol problem, or suffers from drug abuse, then chances are children will develop those addictions too.
If you have watched the movie Split, which might seem too extreme when talking about a dissociative personality disorder, it makes for a really good example. Out of the 23 personalities he has, one of them has OCD – obsessive compulsive disorder -which because he was violently beaten as a child when he couldn’t keep his things clean and arranged. The trauma he went through because he was abused created a split personality that was what his mother wanted him to be. The point is, these things stay with them, in their subconscious and affect their mental health. And if these things aren’t taken care of or diagnosed and treated, then, these child issues will go on in their adult life and always shadow them.
Child Personality Disorders
What these psychological and other factors also result in a are child personality disorders. A child personality disorder is when a kid develop behavior patterns that make them emotionally unstable, hard to get along with others, anxious and other similar issues. Even though it is most commonly found in adolescents and teens, some develop them in childhood itself. Like other health issues, it is impossible to narrow down why children suffer from personality disorders, but, continuous researches have helped people understand these causes –
Genetic: More often than not, one’s genes play an imperative role in behaviors and personalities. It is believed that a malfunctioning gene may cause the obsessive compulsive disorder – OCD.
Traumas : As previously mentioned, what a child goes through in his childhood has a very strong impact on him. Results show that children who have been sexually abused develop borderline personality disorders – they are highly emotionally unstable. If they have been physically abused, they develop either a low self-esteem or a narcissistic personality.
Sensitivity : If a child is highly sensitive to light and sound and texture, they develop phobias for life.
The list of causes in not comprehensive but, we could look into the different types of personality disorders that children have or the ones that take birth in or because of childhood .
Cluster A personality disorders are characterized by odd, eccentric thinking and/or behavior. It includes paranoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder and schizoid personality disorder. The most common signs of people of Cluster A are social awkwardness, distorted thinking and wierd emotional responses.
People who deal with emotional, dramatic and erratic behavior fall under Cluster B personality disorders. These include borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. The common features are that they are impulsive, highly emotional (unstable) and other emotional problems.
Cluster C includes disorders that deal with anxious, fearful thinking and/or behavior. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, avoidant personality disorder and dependent personality disorder. Cluster C is drowned by their anxiety and over-thinking.