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When should you get professional help for a child's discipline problems?

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It may be time to seek help from a mental health professional when you see:

  • Ongoing disrespect for all authorities: parents, teachers, and other adults
  • Aggressive or destructive behavior
  • Signs of depression, such as feeling blue for a long time, having no friends, or threatening suicide
  • Difficult relationships with several family members
  • The child or other family members use drugs or alcohol to deal with stress or other problems

From: Parents, Kids, and Discipline WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Discipline," "Parenting Corner Q&A: Disobedience."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Discipline."

National Mental Health Association: "Strengthening Families Fact Sheet: Effective Discipline Techniques for Parents: Alternatives to Spanking."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

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