Children often experience sleep problems as a part of normal childhood development. Common issues include trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep and nightmares.
Children and teens oftentimes display behavioral issues as a part of normal development. In many cases these behaviors can be managed without the help of a healthcare professional and may even resolve on their own. However, if behavioral issues persist, they may also indicate an underlying mental or physical health disorder.
It is normal for children to occasionally struggle and have varied levels of school performance. Sometimes additional help from a teacher or tutor may be enough to increase skills and confidence.
It is common for children to exhibit strong emotions, and even sometimes disruptive behaviors, as part of normal development. Among young children, temper tantrums and outbursts are usually considered to be normal.
It is not uncommon for children to exhibit inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, or hyperactivity at times. 3-5% of children exhibit frequent or severe symptoms that cause difficulties at home, school, and in relationships with peers.
Occasional sadness is a normal part of growing up, and mood swings are common during teenage years. However, prolonged periods of sadness, irritability, or loss of enjoyment in usual activities may be warning signs of an emotional disorder.
As children age and experience new challenges, it is common for them to experience fluctuations in feelings of worry or fear, at times causing significant distress. Self-esteem is typically highest in early childhood but can begin to decrease during the tween and teen years, which may increase anxiety around school or social activities with peers.