Why Talk To A Professional

Because your mental health deserves expert care. In a world where stress, anxiety, and life’s challenges can feel overwhelming, our team of experienced therapists is here to be your compass in the storm. Please don’t go through these struggles alone; let us help you find your way to calmer shores. Connect with us today, and together, we’ll work towards building a stronger and happier you.

What To Look For and When To Act

Changes in Daily Life and Relationships:
If your child is having a hard time with everyday activities and interacting with others, like family, friends, teachers, and playmates, it might be a sign of a mental health issue. Look for things like withdrawal and loss of interest in social activities that used to be enjoyable. If these changes persist for several weeks, seek professional help.

Extreme Anxiety:
Anxiety is a natural response to situations perceived as potentially dangerous or where performance may have a negative impact. However, if the level of anxiety or stress significantly exceeds the actual risk, it’s important to address these reactions. Intervention should be considered if your child experiences:

  1. Excessive worrying or withdrawal that interferes with daily functioning.
  2. Fear of specific places (like school) or resistance to new environments.
  3. Intense, sudden bursts of fear, a sense of impending doom, or physical symptoms (e.g., rapid heart rate, hyperventilation, dizziness, or nausea).
  4. Belief that they must repeat certain thoughts (obsessions) or behaviors (compulsions) to prevent something negative from occurring.

While everyone can feel “down” at times, ongoing difficulties with any of the following symptoms warrant action:

  1. Mood disturbances, typically irritability in children.
  2. Altered sleep patterns (usually oversleeping or difficulty falling asleep).
  3. Decreased energy.
  4. Reduced self-esteem.
  5. Difficulty concentrating.
  6. Changes in appetite (often increased or, more rarely, decreased).
  7. Signs of agitation or conversely, a feeling of being “slowed down.”
  8. Expressing thoughts of self-harm, especially suicidal thoughts.

Substance Use:
Keep an eye out for behavior changes linked to substance use, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medications. Look for declining school or sports performance, withdrawal from family and friends, sleep problems, and unusual behavior. Treatment for substance use can help.

School Performance:
If your child usually does well in school but starts struggling, it could be due to a mental health issue. If academic problems persist, talk to a clinician.

Acute or Prolonged Stress:
Kids who witness violence or experience abuse/neglect at home can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marked by flashbacks, recurring trauma thoughts, emotional numbness, and heightened alertness. Seek professional help for children going through trauma.

Difficulties Adjusting:
Children can struggle with life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, a parent’s job changes, or bullying. If your child has a hard time coping with a specific event or situation, consult a professional.

What to Do:

  • Talk about mental health regularly with your child, so they feel comfortable discussing their challenges.
  • Listen and validate your child’s feelings, creating a safe space for them to share without fear of judgment.
  • Get input from others who know your child well, like family, teachers, or coaches, to assess the seriousness of the issue.
  • If you’re concerned, consult with your pediatrician or another healthcare professional for guidance and referrals to mental health experts in your community.