Worried about your child?
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Sami Timimi has written some advice for parents on how to deal with children’s mental health problems:
(The following is an extract from his book ‘Straight-talking Introduction to Children’s Mental Health Problems (Straight Talking Introductions)’
In recent years our expectations of children have increased and our ideas about what makes a ‘normal’ child narrowed, putting more pressures on children and more pressures on parents. Finding yourself anxious and concerned about whether your child is going to meet these demands and whether you as a parent can cope or help them achieve this, has become a common experience. Losing faith in your capacity as a parent is now common. This does not mean you have ‘failed’ or should feel guilty. Far from it. Good parents worry about their children and look for ways to improve things for them. It does mean however, that sometimes in these ‘pressure cooker’ conditions that modern life has created it becomes harder than ever to remember what you can do and even worse, get confused by the varieties of advice available (particularly from professionals).