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Mental health is a very important aspect of everyone’s lives. especially our children. We do not realize but as married couples, we are engaged with our own problems so much that we pay very less attention to make sure that our children are mentally healthy. There is no use of providing any amount of nutritious food to your child if you cannot take care of his/her mental health.

How important mental health is?

Mentally abused childhood is a mental state that raises emotionally disturbed adults.

Childhood is a very fragile state and the trauma seeded at this stage does not really detach itself even after growing up. So, what are the different forms of mental abuse that a child experiences?

  • ·         An unhealthy marital relationship between father and mother where the child catches frequent fights and arguments instead of love and care.
  • ·         An abusive or angry father who fails to understand the child’s needs and constantly blames him/her for his own failures.
  • ·         Peer pressure experienced at school which leads to developing an inferiority complex and lower self-confidence.
  • ·         Bullying by colleagues and strangers which haunts the memories of a child and does not let him breathe happily.

How to detect an unhealthy mental state in your children?

Children tend to socialize by acting very normal while hiding their true feelings under their skin. Being parents of such children is a big challenge and needs more understanding as they are a different personality when left with lesser people. So, how do you know whether a person is suffering or not?

  • ·         Most of the emotionally disturbed children feel conscious of what they say. Due to this, they show a tendency to apologize frequently because of the fear of being judged.
  • ·         As parents, it is your responsibility to know what they expect a lot of reassurance from you. Reassurance in the form that you love them and will always support them.
  • ·          Since they are emotionally weak, so you will find them easily breaking down over small agreements. They contemplate every discussion with a lot of sensitivity. While breaking down they may even try to hurt themselves.
  • ·          Most of them do not feel very good while sharing their real feelings because they want to impress everyone. They try to nod with everyone’s opinions instead of telling what they really think. This happens because they don’t want to lose social acceptance by upsetting anyone.
  • ·          Disturbing childhood includes insults and cusses conversations, so such children tend to display low self-esteem even after growing up.

What to do?

After you realize these symptoms in your child, try to understand their perspective more sensitively. Do not treat them differently but treat them with extra love and extra care.

Mental exhaustion is not a disease to be cured. It is an understanding of fragile human emotions that can help to build a happier environment. As parents, you play a major role in shaping them into happier and healthier adults. Ask your child today about her day and about her emotions. The conversation is the key.