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5 Signs Your Teen Needs Mental Health Treatment

Posted by on Sep. 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM
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Teens go through emotional ups and downs all the time. Hormones are changing, life can seem overwhelming, and without much life experience, a young adult can feel misguided. When parents are busy working, or a natural separation from family occurs, teens may turn to friends instead of parents.

Peer support can be helpful for certain issues. But when the symptoms of a mental illness are present, more than a good friend is needed.

The problem is, teens may not understand what the feelings they experience mean. As a parent, it’s important to stay connected so that you notice any changes or any symptoms of a mental illness in your child.

Mental illness includes depression; anxiety; bipolar disorder; schizophrenia; borderline personality disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); attention-deficit disorder (ADD); attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many more disorders that can interfere with your teen’s daily life.

In an effort to self-medicate — to control the symptoms of the undiagnosed and untreated mental illness — a teen without help may turn to drugs, alcohol, or eating disorders to feel better, to escape, to numb out, or to feel in control.

Below are some ways to tell if your teen may need mental health treatment.

  1. Mood swings.How can you decipher a moody teen from a true set of mood swings that indicate mental illness? You know your child better than anyone else. Trust that you can recognize a shift in mood that is out of character for your son or daughter.
  2. Behavioral changes.The same thing goes for your child’s behavior. Of course behavioral choices change as your teen gets older, but if your son or daughter is presenting as a different person to you, this may indicate a mental illness or substance abuse.
  3. Consequences in school and among friends.A mental illness can distract from concentration, which can affect school performance and the ability to sustain relationships with peers.
  4. Physical symptoms.Decreased energy, changes in eating and sleeping, frequent stomachaches, headaches, and backaches, and neglect of personal appearance and hygiene (such as showering less often and not keeping up on grooming) can be signs that mental health treatment is needed.
  5. Self-medicating.If you find any indicators of drug or alcohol use, self-harm, an eating disorder, or other forms of escape, the link to mental illness may be direct. An effort to make oneself feel better can show a great need for mental health treatment.

If you see any of these signs, seek help for your child. With appropriate assessment, identification, and intervention, all mental illnesses can be treated and managed.

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Sep. 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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My ds 15 was diagnosed bipolar at 11. He showed most of these signs. I hate that he's already spent time in the hospital but we needed to know what was wrong. He's doing well now on a strict regiment of meds. And he knows how much he needs them. He has told me he never wants to feel like that again
matreshka
by Ruby Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

That's good you got him treatment and he knows he needs the treatment. I was diagnozed with bipolar at 14 and didn't want tot take meds. I stopped when I was 18 and could have avoided a lot of struggle if I just stayed on them and went to therapy too.

Quoting Anonymous:

My ds 15 was diagnosed bipolar at 11. He showed most of these signs. I hate that he's already spent time in the hospital but we needed to know what was wrong. He's doing well now on a strict regiment of meds. And he knows how much he needs them. He has told me he never wants to feel like that again


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Sep. 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM
He doesn't like taking them. But he went without for a week before when we were out of town for a family emergency. He felt the mania coming back and it scared him. Thankfully he likes his psychiatrist and therapist

Quoting matreshka:

That's good you got him treatment and he knows he needs the treatment. I was diagnozed with bipolar at 14 and didn't want tot take meds. I stopped when I was 18 and could have avoided a lot of struggle if I just stayed on them and went to therapy too.

Quoting Anonymous:

My ds 15 was diagnosed bipolar at 11. He showed most of these signs. I hate that he's already spent time in the hospital but we needed to know what was wrong. He's doing well now on a strict regiment of meds. And he knows how much he needs them. He has told me he never wants to feel like that again


matreshka
by Ruby Member on Sep. 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM
that's good. I hated the therapist my parents sent me to.

Quoting Anonymous:

He doesn't like taking them. But he went without for a week before when we were out of town for a family emergency. He felt the mania coming back and it scared him. Thankfully he likes his psychiatrist and therapist



Quoting matreshka:

That's good you got him treatment and he knows he needs the treatment. I was diagnozed with bipolar at 14 and didn't want tot take meds. I stopped when I was 18 and could have avoided a lot of struggle if I just stayed on them and went to therapy too.

Quoting Anonymous:

My ds 15 was diagnosed bipolar at 11. He showed most of these signs. I hate that he's already spent time in the hospital but we needed to know what was wrong. He's doing well now on a strict regiment of meds. And he knows how much he needs them. He has told me he never wants to feel like that again


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leahbeah143
by Leah on Sep. 28, 2013 at 11:19 AM

 I definitely try to keep a watchful eye on DD because my issues started in jr high. I really hope that she can avoid it.

dancingthrulife
by Bronze Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

i had such a rough teens years..my gurls are 9,7, and 14 month and almost 3, but its good to keep in mind..

dancingthrulife
by Bronze Member on Sep. 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM


yes me too..god i hope my gurls do too..i worry all the time they will be like i am/was and cant work full time...or get along peers/co-workers..etc...i have my 7 and 9 year old in therapy now..i try to push myself like i dont think i would if i lived alone w no kids..they deserve more..you know..

Quoting leahbeah143:

 I definitely try to keep a watchful eye on DD because my issues started in jr high. I really hope that she can avoid it.



AMY
BF mama to 4...Ivy-Rose 9 Arwinn 7 Lily-Anna 2 and Clara 12 months old. ~~~~~
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