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Reading the Signs: Key Indicators Your Adolescent May Need Psychological Support

Updated: Mar 14

Teen Adolescent Psychologist | advice by Elevate Mental Health in Ventura County California
Teen Adolescent Psychologist | advice by Elevate Mental Health in Ventura County California

As a parent, understanding the emotional world of adolescence can be a labyrinth. It's a time of dramatic change, with physical, mental, and emotional transitions.

So when does the typical teenage turbulence cross the line into the territory that may need professional help?

Here are some signals to keep an eye for:

1. Noticeable Changes in Mood or Behavior

It's normal for teenagers to have mood swings due to hormonal changes. However, if your adolescent exhibits persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, or exhibits drastic changes in behavior, it might be rea red flag. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry underlines the significance of chronic mood changes as a warning sign of mental health disorders.

2. A Decline In Academic Performance

As cited by the Child Mind Institute, a sudden or steady decline in grades or school performance can be an indicative sign of underlying psychological issues. This includes a lack of interest in school activities they once enjoyed or frequence absences.

3. Changes in Social Interactions

If your teen begins to withdraw and isolate themselves from friends or family or shows a marked change in their social circles, pay attention. Social interactions play a vital role in adolescents' mental health and development, and any real-time drastic shifts may signal something amiss.

4. Unexplained Physical Complains

According to the American Psychological Association, adolescents may manifest psychological troubles through physical symptoms like headaches, stomach problems, or unexplained aches and pains. This could be an escape for them expressing emotional distress indirectly.

5. Risky Behavior

Engaging in risky behaviors, substance use, or reckless decisions, can also indicate that your teen may need professional intervention. The National Institute on Drug Abuse relates substance use in adolescents to an increased risk of mental health disorders.

Recognizing these signs in an essential first step. However, remember to approach your adolescent gently. Start a conversation instead of confronting them. Show empathy, make them feel heard, and assure them of your unfaltering love and support.

Having identified these signs, the next crucial step is reaching out to a psychologist. It's important to choose a professional who ahs expertise in dealing with adolescents. Ensure to involve your teen in choosing the psychologist, making them feel involved and considered in this process.

In essence, adolescence is a challenging but crucial period that shapes the future mental health of your teen. These possible signs don't spell doom. They merely mean your adolescent might need some professional assistance to navigate the stormy seas of their teenage years. By paying close attention to these signs an taking prompt action, you can guide them towards the shore of emotional wellbeing.

Your Team at Elevate Mental Health


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