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Signs your child should go to therapy during your divorce

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce is a challenging time for everyone involved, especially children. As parents navigate through the separation, it’s important to recognize the signs that your child might need professional support. By recognizing the signs that your child is struggling, you can get them help early and make sure they feel supported and cared for.

Changes in behavior

A sudden withdrawal or a decrease in communication can be a significant red flag that your child is struggling emotionally. Additionally, if your child displays uncharacteristic aggression or irritability, it might be a response to the confusion and anger they feel about the divorce.

Another critical sign is a decline in academic performance; a noticeable drop in grades or a lack of interest in schoolwork can indicate emotional upheaval.

Emotional distress

Emotional distress can also manifest as anxiety and fear. Children may excessively worry about the future or express fear of being alone.

Persistent sadness, frequent crying spells, or statements of despair are some other common signs that your child might be experiencing emotional distress and could benefit from professional help.

Physical symptoms

Physical symptoms often accompany emotional stress. If your child is having difficulty sleeping or their eating habits have changed, it could be a response to stress. Similarly, frequent headaches or stomach aches without a clear medical cause are often stress-related and a signal that your child might need support.

Regression in development

For younger children, regression to earlier behaviors such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, or excessive clinging to parents can occur. These behaviors are often ways for children to seek comfort and signal that they might not be coping well with the divorce.

Recognizing when to seek help

Understanding these signs can be the first step toward helping your child cope with the changes in their life. If you notice several of these signs, it might be time to consider professional help to support your child’s emotional well-being during this challenging time.