How important is it to monitor temper tantrums?
Mental illness can be very difficult to diagnosis and often isn’t recognized until behavior is out of control and a child is spiraling downward into chronic mental illness. There is also the potential danger of a normal but temporarily misbehaving child to be mislabeled and unnecessarily medicated. Assessing a child early for signs of mental distress can eliminate such complications and prevent negative patterns from becoming ingrained and difficult to overcome. Early intervention is key in finding effective treatment, and this new diagnostic assessment could be a significant asset.
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