A roller coaster of emotions is typical of adolescence. Therefore, a common question from parents is: is this or that emotion or pattern of behaviour normal? At the same time teachers at school notice the same emotions and behaviour. Accordingly, they report the "concerning behaviour" to you as parent. Maybe you have gone one step further and you already took your teenage child to a health care professional. And this person diagnosed him/her with one or more disorders and you have no idea what to do next!
- Schedule an appointment for Consultation to parents of adolescents. Let me help you get clarity and a plan of action.
Adolescence is a period of experimentation and testing boundaries. In the process adolescents may expose themselves to risks. Some of the sources of these risks include, the risky use of social media, substance use and sexual experimentation.
Schedule a psychological counselling session for your adolescent child
- to let me help him/her navigate the complications of modern challenges,
- for substance abuse counselling
In the lion's den
Unfortunately, teenagers are not exempt from the world "out there". They experience pressure from all directions and haven’t always yet developed the skills to deal with this. Added to this they must cope with and adapt to internal and social changes. In the process they often develop feelings of depression, anxiety and stress or can become traumatized.
Help is available
Schedule a psychological counselling session (at the office or online) for your adolescent child
- where he/she can create his/her preferred future instead of feelings of depression, grief, anger, anxiety and stress through engaging in hopeful conversations OR
- for trauma counselling when he/she has experienced a form of trauma.
Notice the signs
Many times, the first signs of psychological disorders start in adolescence. Often parents don’t see the slight, gradual changes in the behaviour of their teen. "Suddenly" they display behaviour that may be spiralling out of control. For example, becoming psychotic. In other words, seeing and hearing things that aren’t there. Alternatively, delusional. This means a belief that is maintained despite being contradicted by reality. Alternatively, extremely anxious ("freaking out"), irritable, aggressive or irrational. Additionally. some of the behaviour may also be dangerous to themselves or others. Sometimes these signs may also be caused by drug use.
Should your adolescent child eventually be diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder there are clinical psychologists and psychiatrists available to treat him/her. However, what do you do in that moment when you are faced with behaviour by your adolescent child that leaves you feeling totally powerless?
- Contact me for Crisis Intervention, to help contain the situation. Also, provide all involved with coping behaviour and make the necessary referrals.