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Our brains and our bodies do the majority of their development during our adolescent years. Having all those things happen in a tight window like that can be scary. It can also be confusing. At that age, children might not be able to fully understand what is happening to them. They also might look around and see certain things happening to their friends or classmates and not to them. This can lead to an already fragile mental state becoming even more frayed. For those adolescents who might be struggling, in most cases, the last person that they want to talk to about what they are going through is a parent. Luckily there are therapists and counselors out there that specialize in therapy for adolescents.
If you are the parent of a child who you think might be struggling or you are a child or adolescent who is struggling, this page is designed to help guide you to find the help that you might need as well as touch on some of the services we offer here at MindMD.
In basic terms, mental health is exactly what it sounds like. It describes the overall health of your brain and the way it makes you behave. This includes how you feel, act and think. Because your brain is the thing that controls the rest of your body, if it is not operating correctly, then your body won’t be able to function to the best of its ability. If a teen or adolescent is struggling with their mental health it could affect their ability to go about their daily lives in a normal way.
It’s important to remember though that just because a teen or adolescent might act strangely doesn’t automatically mean that they are dealing with a mental health issue. It could just be a one-off. After all, they are a “moody teenager”! However, if these incidents or issues persist then there could be a larger issue at hand and they could be struggling with their mental health in some capacity.Book An Appointment
At MindMD, we know that when it comes to treatment what works for an adult might not work as well for a child or teenager. That’s why we have crafted a clinical care program just for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18. Many of our providers specialize solely in the treatment of adolescent patients, and as a result, have the know-how and insight necessary to help your child. Our services include:
MindMD offers therapy for a variety of diagnoses. In these sessions, an expert clinician will help your child to identify and process their emotions. Adolescents also learn practical skills to manage their anxiety, depression, dysthymia, sleep problems, or whatever it is they are going through. Some of the therapy options that we offer for adolescents include:Individual Therapy - Individual therapy takes place in a one-on-one setting where the adolescent will meet with a therapist or counselor who has been specially trained in working with teens and children. Individual counseling sessions typically last 50 minutes. During therapy sessions, the therapist might give the adolescent a homework assignment to help them work through their problems, and then they would report back at the next session. It’s important to remember that all therapy is 100% safe and confidential unless the therapist has reason to believe the child might harm themselves or others. Family Therapy - Family therapy is exactly what it sounds like. In family therapy, the adolescent attends therapy along with either some or all of their immediate family members. This can include their parents and their siblings. During family therapy, the entire family can attack the issues that the child is going through together as a cohesive unit. They can talk about ways that the child’s struggle might be affecting the family as a whole and the parents can learn ways in which they can better help their child at home.
While in some cases, children acting out is just a sign that they are growing up and becoming moody teenagers. While an isolated incident here or there might not be a cause for concern. Odd behavior on a regular basis can be a sign of a larger issue such as a mental health condition. Whether you are someone who might be concerned that your child is going through something, or you are just looking for another place that you can bring your child for treatment or a refill on their prescription without having to wait weeks for an appointment, at MindMD we are here to help.
We offer a wide range of therapy options for people of all ages and we also have treatment options specifically for children and teens. We treat a wide variety of mental health conditions and treatments including:
If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health condition and want to talk to someone without having to wait days or even weeks to get an appointment, contact us today or simply come on in and see us. Mental health struggles should not prevent you from living your life and we want to help.