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Avoids people and social activities:

This is a sign your child has withdrawn. You
could easily miss it because he may be very friendly with you, with other
family members, and especially with adults. You think, “But everyone likes
him.” The problem is “everyone” includes few if any young people
his age.

If your child has really withdrawn from
everyone, he needs immediate psychiatric help. Something drastic is happening.
If the withdrawal is from other children and activities away from home, it is
serious but not so much of an emergency. He still has you and others in his

Try two things. First, talk with him about what
is going on. He may tell you what is happening and what he thinks and feels.
This gives you clues about how to help. Next, back off a little from being his
best friend. You are the only mother (or father) he has. That is your job. If
you are his main friend, it keeps him from needing to find other friends.

Facilitate his spending more time around young
people his age. You may have to push and insist a little. The best technique is
to stay close but give him room to be with other children.

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