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Children As Young As Six Months Can Be Screened For Mental Health Issues [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 28, 2017 09:36 AM EDT
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Experts suggest that screening kindergarten students for mental health is way too late.Experts reveal that children as young as six months can be screen for psychological concerns concers. 

Rahil Briggs, who works as a child psychologist, mentioned that children can be screened for mental health concerns as early as six months. Parents are advised to stay keen and take note of early warning signs when it comes to looking after their children, as per NPR's report.

A baby's response within their sixth month can play a vital role when it comes to revealing their personality. By the time they would reach that age they can show emotions such as aggression, comfort, and fear.

"If a baby feels safe, a baby will explore, and if a baby explores, a baby will learn," Briggs says, "And that's the basis for mental health. I don't want to wait until a child has missed five days of school because his anxiety is so bad that he can't get on the school bus. That to me is a red flag."

Briggs also added that there are several factors when it comes to the triggers of psychological concern during the early childhood. Young children are sometimes faced with challenges such as their parent's divorce, their family's economic status, and even bullying. These factors would commonly influence the emotional growth  of children below 14 years.

Depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders are becoming more severe as the years progress. Children as young as nine are said to have suicidal thoughts triggered by bullying.

It is important for parents and teachers to take note of the early warning signs of psychological problems that can potentially arise. Addressing the child's issue as early as possible can eliminate the possibility of depression and anxiety, as explained by the National Mental Health Institute.

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