There is nothing pleasant when be subject to outbreaks of anger or aggression child if you were his parent or teacher.


And when this outbreak happens in the classroom, not at home, the consequences for the child can be much more serious.

But how to understand the child is just naughty or he has some mental problems?

“Students don’t usually come to school with the words: “now, I will behave,” says Pepe, Diasio, Director of the school in Sheffield.

The roots of almost 80% of the problems faced by schools, he says, can be found in the life situation of the child.

“I don’t want to say that all mental health problems lend themselves to bad behavior, but a connection is. When someone needs support, and it is not getting, that affects behaviour,” says Diasio.

“Fight or flight”

A recently published study of the mental health Foundation show that children’s behavior changes when they feel “worried” or “sad” .

25% of respondents more than 1,300 children and teenagers from 10 to 15 years said that when they are upset or anxious, they start to fight with people. As much again said to them that condition is to do your homework.

Both of these types of behavior will probably lead to problems at school child.

But ask the question that like to ask psychotherapists: what’s really going on?

Karen young, a psychologist and author of “Hey, Sigmund,” says that the feeling of anxiety can appear as a result of the normal operation of a healthy brain.

“When the brain feels threatened — real or imaginary — this leads to the release in body hormones and adrenaline, to make a person faster and stronger. This mechanism of “fight or flight” kept us alive for thousands of years, is that a healthy brain is supposed to do,” she explains.

“For children with increased anxiety every new, difficult or unfamiliar situation is perceived as a potential threat, she continues. — The “fight or flight” is triggered instantly and automatically, vbrasyvaya into the body, the neurochemicals, which lead them to flee or resist”.


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According to Yang, the natural result of the mechanism becomes increased physical activity: “If the threat is real, they would have fought it or fled from it.”

It is easy to understand why the anxious feelings of young people can result in fights on the Playground or in violent outbursts.

Dr. Antonis Cosoles, Director of the mental health Foundation, says that young people who have unresolved psychological problems, often called “problem children” and not “children with problems”.

“They are disrupting the lessons troublemakers, that’s how they perceive”.

This is especially true of boys, who are statistically more often expelled from schools than girls.

“The boys endure to change their behavior externally, says Cocalis. They fight and quarrel, and their anger is much more noticeable. Girls keep their feelings to themselves, they want to be left alone. Boys with antisocial behavior begin to call bad.”

As parents and teachers understand when a bad child’s behavior crosses the line and becomes a manifestation of mental health problems?

How to write a charity website “Mentally healthy schools,” children’s behavior is their way to communicate their hidden difficulty or stress.

“It is therefore important to understand what the child is trying to tell you by their behavior, recommend the authors of the site. — Serious and persistent behavior problems, behavioral disorders — some of the most common mental health disorders in children”

Signs that your child has a behavioral disorder, manifested in the fact that:

  • the child argues a lot, gets angry, irritable and not want to give;
  • he has constant tantrums and emotions;
  • he constantly and pointedly does not listen and blames others when something goes wrong.

Brenda McHugh, a former teacher and the co-founder of an alternative education “the Family school”, says: “We encounter this problem constantly. When behavior is a means of communication, and when it becomes a symptom? It is very difficult to define”.

The key is to observe the regularity problem behavior, she says.

“Many children sometimes test the limits of the possible, bad control their impulses or are unable to Express their thoughts,” says McHugh.

“But when these behaviors continue for a long time and the child does not respond to the usual sanctions or this behavior jeopardizes the development and life prospects of the child, it is necessary to study the problem more deeply,” she notes.

To regulate emotions

McHugh adds that students with mental disorders can be difficult to trust people, even though they are trying to manage overwhelming feelings, to control impulses and regulate emotions.

“One 10-year-old boy in our school told me that everyone thought him a “challenging child with behavioral issues, she says. But he described himself as a man with troubles because of a sick mother and her constant hospitalizations. He didn’t know how to handle it or talk about it.”

McHugh emphasizes the difference of perception between the teacher who is faced with bad behavior, and a child whose emotional or mental health problems.

A small study of girls 12-14 years of secondary school in Westminster is demonstrated these polar differences.

Girls described themselves as suffering from high anxiety, and the teachers called them undisciplined.

Dr. Cocalis says that many schools are doing great with this problem.

“But all schools need sustainable progress. If we do not deal with mental health problems in childhood, we risk to ruin the next generation early in their lives,” he warns.


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