Have you often asked, “Does my child have a mental illness?” because of how they behave in certain situations? Mental illness is symbolic of “madness” or craziness” in our society. But many psychiatrists and psychologists refrain from using the term ‘mental illness’ to describe mental health issues. An Indian-American neuroscientist, Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, sees “mental disorders” as different perspectives of viewing the world. Dr. Ramachandran and Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, who practiced the Freudian school of thought, have very craftily described the mental health ecosystem of humans. Years of evolution and struggles have made us modern humans, so it is okay for some people to think “differently.”rnSo, if you see that your child doesn’t follow certain unsaid social norms, you must see their behavior as a part of their personality. But if you think of specific behaviors that could harm them or others, you must seek professional help. You can do wonders for your child by just calmly listening to their story.
1. Are you close to your child?
A. Yes, I am
B. I am trying, but they refuse to let me in
C. I am too close
D. I think we have a co-dependent relationship
2. Has your child ever poorly performed in an exam and bounced back strongly the next time?
A. No, they have never
B. Yes, it happens often
3. How quickly does your child make friends in school or surroundings?
A. In a jiffy
B. It takes ages
C. About a week
D. I am their only friend
4. How is your child doing in school or college?
A. Consistently well
C. Below average
5. How is your child’s appetite?
A. Healthy and normal
B. Much less or much more than before
C. The eating schedule is inconsistent, but they are healthy
D. They are incredibly picky
6. How does your child behave in a social situation?
A. Extremely uncomfortable
B. Over-involved/ Isolated
D. They have never been a trouble maker
7. Is your child of an aggressive nature?
A. Yes, extremely
B. Not aggressive, just sincere and passionate
C. They can get wild really quickly
D. They are quite civilized
8. Is your child quirky?
A. Yes, but their quirks are fun
B. Yes, but they seem to be damaging their personality
C. No, they are still growing
D. Not, they are extremely carefree
9. Do you think you may have neglected your child in times they needed you?
A. Yes, I think I have
B. No, I have been obsessing over them
C. I never intended to
D. I may have
10. Has your child ever talked about being bullied?
A. No, they haven’t
B. They have
C. They tell me almost every day
D. Sometime back, but we took care of it