Children sometimes need psychological help, just like adults do. Treatment typically begins when parents, teachers or school counselors notice that children aren’t functioning as well as they could. Psychologists can help children cope with such problems as anxiety and depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents and stressful events like divorce or a parent’s death.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
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A collection of research studies with a real-world applications, designed to help children cope with such problems as depression, hyperactivity, conflicts with parents, and stressful events like bullying and suicide.
Memories of Childhood Abuse
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What Parents Should Know About Treatment of Behavioral And Emotional Disorders in Preschool Children
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