When should I worry about my child’s mental health?
You know your child better than anyone else. While the teen and young adults years come with many ups and downs as your child develops, it’s critical you pay attention. If your child starts acting unusual, has trouble eating or sleeping, or begins struggling in school and social situations, it may be time to find teen mental health counseling.
Some warning signs of mental health issues include:
- Persistent sadness
- Social interaction withdrawal
- Talk of death or suicide
- Extreme irritability
- Eating habit changes
- Weight loss
- Academic performance changes
- Avoiding, skipping, or missing school
- Frequent headaches or stomachaches
Where do I get help for teen depression, teen anxiety, or other young adult and teen mental health issues?
When looking for therapy for the younger generations, a good place to start is with your child’s doctor or pediatrician.
And, of course, we’re here to help too. We offer free young adult and teen mental health consultations here at Dayrise Wellness. One of our care coordinators can provide guidance and referrals for you and your child and walk you through the steps to get mental health assistance.
If your child has behavioral problems, you must consult a specialist in young adult and teen mental health like our team of experts. If you decide to wait to seek help, it’s essential to keep an eye on your child’s behavior and have a plan in place if it escalates or doesn’t resolve. Ignoring problem behaviors is definitely something you don’t want to do.
How do I know if my child needs help?
How long you choose to monitor your child’s concerning feelings and behaviors is ultimately up to you. But if you think your young adult or teen is struggling with his or her mental health or is at risk of hurting themselves or others, you must get help immediately! Your child’s life could depend on it.
Some signs your child needs help with their mental health include:
- Signs of depression (trouble getting out of bed, avoiding school, not talking, sadness, etc.)
- Frequent sadness, hopelessness, worry, fear, anxiety, or anger
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Restlessness or the inability to settle down and focus
- Discussing death or expressing suicidal thoughts
- Running away
- Participating in illegal or extremely dangerous activities
- Failing grades
- Sexual promiscuity
- Self-harm or cutting
Can I send my child with mental health issues to school?
How much your child’s mental health issues affect their school behavior depends on their particular situation. At Dayrise Wellness, we partner with you to advocate for your child at their school. We help you have the necessary conversations with school counselors, social workers, and other school-based mental health staff.
We prioritize knowing what resources are available in your child’s school and are more than happy to share that information with you. We want to make sure your child gets the help they need so they can stay in school.
As a parent, how do I support my child with mental health issues during their treatment?
We understand watching your child struggle with their mental health is difficult, and all you want is for your child to feel better – and feel better quickly. Unfortunately, there is the added challenge of not physically seeing your child’s wounds when they have adolescent and teen mental health issues. And it’s hard to tell if they are healing during treatment.
We recommend the following tips to help support your teen struggling with their mental health:
- Be patient: Remember, your child is not choosing to have mental health issues. Young adult and teen mental health problems are disorders that can alter your child’s brain, often requiring formal mental health treatment to improve.
- Don’t ignore symptoms: It’s crucial to pay attention to your child’s mental health symptoms throughout treatment. If you notice sudden negative changes, this may signify their treatment plan needs some modification. Or, if they are on medication, this may indicate they aren’t taking them. Keeping a journal of your child’s mental health symptoms is an excellent way to keep track of their progress or decline. It’s also a good tool to share with your child’s clinical team.
- Ask for help: We know you want to “fix” everything for your child, but the reality is, you can’t. But you can get your teen or young adult the mental health assistance they need by asking for help when you need it.
That goes for you, too. We have parent support groups and options allowing you to participate in your child’s therapy sessions. Get the help you need. And don’t forget to take time for yourself.
What ages do you focus on helping through your treatment at Dayrise Wellness?
Our team of mental health professionals are experts in helping teens and college-aged adults ages 12-24 years old.
What kind of teen mental health therapy works best?
Our team of expert young adult and teen mental health professionals includes therapists and counselors who will guide your child through activities to help them learn much-needed coping skills.
Many parents, just like you, find it beneficial to see their own therapist while their child navigates their way through their mental health struggles with their therapist or counselor.
What kind of therapist or counselor do I look for to help my child and myself?
At Dayrise, we ensure your child works with the therapist or counselor that is the “best match” for their particular situation, personality, and mental health struggles. Depending on their needs or what you need for yourself in terms of counseling, taking a look at the letters after a therapist’s name will give you an idea of their specialty.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): trained and licensed to treat mental health, behavioral, and emotional disorders
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC): trained and licensed to treat mental health, behavioral, and emotional disorders
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT): licensed to treat a range of mental health disorders and helps families work through challenges
Our hiring team at Dayrise focuses on recruiting only the top young adult and teen mental health talent. But if you choose to look elsewhere, make sure your child’s therapist or counselor is certified and find out about their education and experience working with young adults and teens.
How long will my child need therapy?
That depends on your child’s mental health issues and the level of treatment needed. Mental health treatment can last anywhere from one session to several months or even years. The average length of therapy for young adults and teens is between 12 and 16 weekly sessions.
How do I know whether my child is just acting like a typical teenager or has clinical depression?
This is a very common question that thousands of parents ask. It’s important to understand that while moodiness may be a normal part of being a teenager, depression is not. We’re not talking about occasional bouts of melancholy or grumpiness. We’re talking about lingering sadness lasting weeks or months, limiting your child’s ability or desire to do practically anything.
Clinical depression affects as many as one out of every five teens and young adults. Left untreated, consequences can be extremely dire. If you think your child suffers from depression, please get them help. Call your doctor and ask them about therapy for teens and young adults. Or contact a mental health specialist like ours here at Dayrise.
Whatever you do, don’t wait to get help.
We Know You Have Questions. We’re Here For You.
Having a teen or young adult with mental health concerns can be overwhelming, stressful, and comes with a lot of questions.
You’re not alone. We’re here for you.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of emerging adult and teen mental health issues is absolutely critical. And understanding what to do about it is just as essential. Our team of expert mental health professionals put together this comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to help you and your child walk through and overcome their struggles.
And because we truly understand the impact young adult and teen mental health issues have on your family, we strive to be a trusted member of your support system. If you have any more questions or concerns, please don’t wait to reach out. If you think your child needs help, the time to get help is now.
Don’t convince yourself that “something” is “nothing.” Early intervention in your child’s mental health concerns is crucial.