Adolescents have the potential to suffer from physiological issues just like adults. Mental health is quite fragile, especially in the years of adolescence when youngsters are attempting to make sense of this pressure-packed and chaotic world. Adolescent psychiatry will help your child or tween manage psychiatric issues to live a more comfortable and healthy lifestyle.
It is imperative a troubled youngster receives timely treatment by an experienced adolescent psychiatrist. Otherwise, your child or tween’s condition will likely worsen and cause that many more problems.
An Overview of Adolescent Psychiatry
Adolescent psychiatry, also known as pediatric psychiatry, is the psychiatry branch that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders in children, adolescents and their loved ones. Adolescent psychiatry delves into the varied biopsychosocial factors that impact the development of psychiatric disorders and the many different forms of treatment.
Do not assume your child or tween’s psychological issues are incredibly rare. Most people are surprised to learn about 11 percent of youngsters between the ages of 9 and 17 have at least one diagnosable psychiatric disorder that has the potential to lead to considerable functional impairment. It is awfully difficult to come to grips with the fact that suicide is the second most common cause of death for tweens.
What You Need to Know About a Psychiatric Assessment
Your child or tween’s treatment will commence with a psychiatric assessment. The adolescent psychiatrist will review your child’s psychiatric history. He or she will interview the child as well as the parents/caregivers. Such an assessment incorporates a comprehensive exploration of existing concerns relating to the child’s behavioral or emotional issues.
This assessment includes an analysis of the child’s physical development and health. The assessment will also review the history of prenatal care including instances of neglect and abuse, history of family mental illness and relationships with family members. Adolescent psychiatrists gather information from several sources to get a full picture of the child’s issues. Adolescent psychiatrists will even go as far as collecting information from the patient’s school to gauge everything from relationships with peers to academic performance and behavior at school.
We can use this information to analyze the child’s mental state. A review of the child’s subjective experiences is performed to attempt to understand why he or she has a thought/mood disorder. The interactions between the patient and his or her parents will also be observed and analyzed.
Common Adolescent Psychological Issues
If your little one or tween has an obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, a mood disorder, self-harming behaviors, insomnia, anxiety, social withdrawal, depression, phobias or any other mental health problem, there is hope.
Our adolescent psychiatrists will analyze your child’s mental health, determine the best course of treatment and help him or her live an enjoyable life. Do not assume your child will outgrow his or her mental health issues. Children often lack the communication skills or courage to speak up and say something is wrong.
Adolescent Psychiatry Treatment
Your child’s adolescent psychiatrist will craft a nuanced treatment plan that considers every possible means of helping him or her improve mental health. Treatment recommendations will be discussed with the patient’s family members or caregivers before being put into action.
Treatment for adolescent psychiatric issues involves one or several elements including cognitive-behavior therapy, behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, problem-solving therapies, family therapy, parent training and more. In some cases, it is prudent to prescribe medications.
In certain instances, interventions involve a consultation with the child’s pediatrician, school teachers and others. Some adolescents find therapeutic activities help control their thought disorder or other psychological problem. Anything from one-on-one counseling to training for assertive communication to educational programs, tutoring, parent education and recreational therapy has the potential to help.
It is Time to Help Your Troubled Youngster
The overarching goal of our adolescent psychiatrists’ customized treatment plan for your child is to help him or her enjoy a fulfilling and successful life. Treatment will key in on the management of moods and emotions, controlling at-risk behaviors and impulses, living life with a positive outlook, participating in constructive activities and engaging in positive relationships with adults and peers.
If your child is not treated by an adolescent psychiatrist, there is a good chance his or her mental health condition will worsen as the months, years and decades progress. Untreated depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other psychological issues have the potential to ruin your little one’s life. He or she will find it difficult to succeed in school, maintain employment and live a fulfilling life. You have to power to get your little one’s life back on track. It starts with an assessment of your youngster’s mental health condition.
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