Mental and emotional health is important for children and teens.
For a young person with warning signs that issues may be developing, the earlier treatment is started, the more effective it can be. This can prevent more severe or enduring problems as a young person develops.
- Is your child experiencing anxiety, depression, loss, grief or trauma?
- Are you worried about your child shutting down -- our acting out?
- Is your home and family time regularly disrupted with your child's difficult behaviors?
It's not always easy to tell if your child or teen's difficult behavior is just a regular part of growing up. Parents can often wonder if the problems you're seeing at home or at school should be discussed with a health professional. One way to figure this out is to consider whether the problematic behaviors have lasted weeks, or even months or years -- and if these issues get significantly in the way of your child or teen's daily life. It's helpful to observe what happening at home or with their friends -- and pay attention to reports from school. If your efforts to intervene have been unsuccessful, it's a good time to consider contacting a health professional.
Younger Children may benefit from seeing a professional if they:
- Often talk about worries or fears
- Regularly lack interest in playing with other children
- Have a pattern of difficulties making friends
- Seem to regularly sleep too much or too little, have frequent nightmares, or often seem sleepy during the day
- Repeat actions or check things many times -- fearing something bad may happen if they don't
- Suffer from frequent stomachaches or headaches with no known medical cause
- Have frequent tantrums no matter your efforts to intervene
- Are intensely irritable throughout the day
- Are in constant motion and cannot sit quietly (except when they are watching videos or playing video games)
- Have ongoing academic struggles in spite of home and school interventions
- Experienced a recent and sudden decline in grades
Older Adolescents & Teens may benefit from additional help if they:
- Have lost interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Are spending more and more time alone, while regularly avoiding social activities with friends or family
- Consistently have low energy or regularly seem sleepy throughout the day
- Fear gaining weight, or excessively diet or exercise
- Engage in self-harm behaviors (e.g., cutting or burning their skin)
- Smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs
- Engage in risky or destructive behavior alone or with friends
- Have expressed that they have thoughts of suicide
- Have periods of highly elevated energy and activity, and require much less sleep than usual
- Say that they think someone is trying to control their mind or that they hear things that other people cannot hear.
You Are Not Alone
All of these issues can be addressed and improved. If you are a parent and want some extra support and guidance through this tough time, let us know. If you are a child or teen, talk to your parents, school counselor, health care provider -- or reach out to us here at Mill Creek Family Services. We are here to help!
Improvements Seen in Therapy
- Insight into your child’s struggles and how to help them more effectively
- Greater sense of empowerment to handle behavioral challenges
- Deeper emotional connection with your child
- Reduced family stress and increased harmony
Our providers at Mill Creek Family Services have many years of experience and are ready to help your family. We'll work with you to stabilize the situation and offer you and your child/teen effective and research-based tools to manage their struggles. We accept many forms of insurance and offer after school and evening hours for your convenience.
Contact us -- and we'll be happy to help you make an appointment.