Signs Your Child Is Struggling
Mood swings, hormonal fluctuations, boundary-testing, and behavior change are all normal parts of puberty and adolescence. Parenting a child through this important developmental stage certainly has its challenges, and you can expect there to be a fair amount of frustration.
But sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether a youth’s moods or behaviors are cause for concern, or merely a symptom of growing pains.
If you’re worried about your son’s or daughter’s emotional health, there are resources available to help you and your family find support. Meeting with a qualified mental health professional at a quality treatment center for a thorough evaluation is an ideal first step. But in the meantime, reviewing the following signs and symptoms can help you determine whether your child might have a mental health concern:
- Uncharacteristic anger or hostility
- Defacing property
- Rapid, volatile mood shifts
- Stark decline in academic performance
- Sudden changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Inability to stay on task
- Loss of interest in social activities
- Loss of interest in formerly enjoyed activities
About Mental Health Disorders
While some mental health conditions appear later in life, many affect children and adolescents, including those listed below. These mental illnesses often manifest differently in young people than in adults. Therefore, if a child in your life is struggling, finding a youth-specific treatment program is incredibly important.
At Youth Care, we deliver developmentally appropriate services in a program that’s specifically designed to address the treatment needs of young people. We often provide support for the following disorders and concerns:
- Adjustment disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Suicidal ideation
How We Can Help
No matter what issue or concern you and your family are facing, Youth Care can help. Our expert treatment team can assist you in determining the level of care that your child needs. From there, we’ll devise a personalized treatment plan that reflects your child’s unique challenges and strengths.
If our Utah treatment program isn’t a fit for your son or daughter, we’ll guide you towards other resources for support.
At Youth Care, we believe that every child deserves to live a full and vibrant life. Our program can help your son or daughter overcome emotional barriers to thriving, heal from trauma, and learn new, healthier ways of coping with stress.