Monday, June 29, 2009

When Kids Act Out

By Dr Bill Maier

FocusOnTheFamily_LogoSmall Would you be able to tell if your child was struggling with depression or other dangerous emotions?

One mother emailed me about her daughter’s unusual behavior.

Her husband had taken a job out of town, and wasn’t spending as much time with the family, causing their eleven year old daughter to begin acting out.

The girl was threatening to run away, even to kill herself!

Obviously, this girl was struggling with her father’s absence, but there were other issues at work as well.

It’s never normal for an eleven year old to threaten suicide, even in a fit of anger.

I encouraged the mother to get professional help – and get it fast!

Kids aren’t equipped to deal with difficult life issues the way that adults are, and it’s our job to watch for signs of emotional problems.

If your child shows signs of out-of-control anger or depression, don’t take it lightly.

From TODAY, Voices – Monday, 29-Jun-2009

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