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Take Care of The Mental Wellness of Your Child

Published on April 21st, 2016

There is no guidebook to parenting. Every parent teaches their child differently, but most parents just want their child to be happy and healthy. Unfortunately, things can happen, such as peer influence, divorce, and more, that can cause a child to become more reserved. As a parent, you want to make sure that your child’s mental wellness is a top priority.

Transitioning to Adolescence

There are a surprisingly high number of perfectly married couples whose children have been delightful babies, happy toddlers, and well-behaved pre-teens, and then, suddenly, they find themselves parents to a disturbed adolescent. Teenagers turn to alcohol or other forms of substance abuse, though that may not be the cause of a change in behavior. Whatever the cause, extreme changes in behavior should not be brushed over.

Will Children’s Therapy Help?

The child’s transition certainly did not happen overnight. It is more than likely that it was caused by a slow build up of stress and similar factors such as anxiety, depression, anger issues, and/or potential substance abuse issues.

For therapy to help such a child, the therapist must try to uncover the underlying causes of the child’s current behavior. This may also involve sessions with the parents to see if something changed in the domestic situation and to see if that was a singular event or something that might be ongoing or could be repeated.

As a parent, you want your child to be happy and healthy, but for this to happen, your family may need a therapist. Your child may need to warm up to the idea of going to therapy, but in the long run, it may be the best thing your family can do. Adolescents go through a lot, and being able to trust a therapist and talk about their issues will increase their confidence and get them back to a happier place.

Residential Or Outpatient

If the cause of your child’s change in behavior is substance abuse or a severe mental illness, it might become necessary to confine an adolescent in a hospital or rehabilitation clinic. However, many adolescent problems can be successfully dealt with on an outpatient basis. The patient might attend an intensive day treatment at a suitable facility (either as an individual or as part of a small group) and still return home at the end of each day. There are also therapists who come to the adolescent’s home and treat them there, which can also be combined with family counseling sessions. If your child has experienced a change of behavior, contact Options Family and Behavior Services to learn what our therapists can do for you and your family.

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