Have you been thinking about getting counseling for your teen but aren’t sure if it’s necessary right now? Are you unsure whether they’re just having a tough time or could benefit from counseling for depression and other mental health concerns? It can be difficult to tell the difference between a bad few days and consistent concern. Below are some signs that point out that your child could benefit from teen counseling in Pasadena or whichever Insight Treatment is closest to you.
Mental Health Struggles
Does it seem like your child is always sad or anxious, to the point of feeling hopeless? By that same token, is your child seemingly constantly enraged and angry, ready to “snap” at any moment? While those behaviors may seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, they could be a clear sign that your child is struggling with their mental health in one way or another. Many parents feel that it’s only right to reach out for treatment if their child is abusing drugs or alcohol, but the signs can be far less dramatic and obvious.
To that end, a sign that your child could benefit from counseling could be that they’re simply unable to sit down and focus on anything. Maybe it takes them hours to finally get in a chair and do their homework (if they do at all). It could also be that they find it increasingly difficult to concentrate for any length of time. Or, alternatively, it could also be that just making decisions is a real struggle for them. All of these behaviors, when exhibited over time and in many situations, could show that your child may benefit from counseling.
Adolescence is a time of exploration. During this phase, as teens grow, they tend to try out new identities, and new activities, and learning who they are. So, it’s natural that your child will change during this time. However, if these changes are very negative, then that could be a sign that they may benefit from counseling. For example, many teens whom counseling could help may suddenly stop participating in activities that had brought them joy. In some cases, sure, this could be growth, but in many others, it could be an alarm.
Proven Teen Counseling in Pasadena and Other Locations
Each of the signs listed above, in isolation, may just be your “teen being a teen,” for lack of a better phrase. However, when you’ve seen multiple signs, or one sign repeated over and over again, then your child very well may benefit from counseling at Insight Treatment. We offer free evaluations so that you can know exactly how we could help. You can schedule one of these through our site or by calling (888) 295-9995.