Young children should not be worried about war and violence around the world, but they are.

For this post, BuzzFeed Health spoke with Yamalis Diaz, PhD, clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the NYU Child Study Center, and Jarrod Leffler, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and director of Mayo Clinic's Child and Adolescent Integrated Mood Program.

Trouble paying attention, being disorganized, worrying, trouble sleeping. Whether you're a kid or an adult, everyone experiences these from time to time. But in mental illness, these symptoms are often more severe. In fact, when trying to figure out if you should go see a professional, think about whether these symptoms in your child are happening 1) more frequently than the average person of that age, 2) more severely than the average person of that age, and 3) if all of this is making it hard for your child to function in every day life. If all three add up, then it could be time to talk to someone who can help.

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The signs may vary, but there are children who exhibit extreme tantrums or aggression, are completely avoidant of social situations, or show anxiousness over things that most other kids their age wouldn’t be concerned about. We've literally seen 7-year-old kids worrying obsessively about the war in Afghanistan and the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

And when it comes to developmental delays, like those related to autism, they can show up even earlier, in a baby as young as 6 months old.


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