It is challenging for parents to know which changes in behavior are typical of adolescence and which are signs of a troubled teen. If you are concerned about a dramatic and persistent change in your teenager’s behavior, if they have gotten off track in their educational progress, or if you suspect that your teenager is using alcohol or other drugs, they may benefit from a psychiatric evaluation.
The teen years usher in a period of rapid physical and psychological change.
In addition, adolescents face greater educational and social demands. It can be challenging to know which changes in behavior are a normal part of adolescence and which changes are signs of a problem. A teen may benefit from a psychiatric evaluation if they are consistently struggling with some of these signs of mental distress.
Sudden or drastic change in behavior or personality
Academic and/or behavior problems at school
Withdrawn from family or friends
Feeling Isolated, sad, or irritable for more than two weeks
Consistently lacking energy
Obsessed with weight, body shape, or appearance
Aggressive or destructive behavior
Comments or writings that suggest a desire to harm themselves or others
Adopted children who are struggling with issues of attachment and identity
Intense mood swings
Intense mood swings
Overwhelming fear or constant worrying
Difficulty concentrating or easily distracted
Experimenting with drugs or alcohol
Needs help after a potentially traumatic experience
Disturbing or inappropriate use of the internet or cell phone
Any teen who is missing a significant amount of school for any reason, even a medical problem or a concussion, is likely to benefit from a psychiatric consultation.
How We Help
We want to listen to the family, the teen, and the parents about how each sees the situation. Often each experience distress in a different way. We want an understanding of why you are coming and your expectations for assistance.This process usually starts with a family interview. Then we provide an opportunity for the adolescent to confidentially present their viewpoint, as well as a separate time for parents to openly express their concerns. We will also ask specific questions and may utilize measurement tools. Together we will arrive at a shared understanding of the problem and our recommendations.The InterCare team works with you and your teen to implement treatments that best reflect our professional experience, relevant medical evidence, and your values.
Americans have a mental health condition
Symptom: Sleep problems (too much or too little)
people worldwide live with depression
Symptom: Feeling sad or excessively low
people suffer from mental health disorders worldwide
Symptom: Avoiding friends and social activities
Americans suffer from anxiety
Symptom: Changes in eating habits
of all veterans struggle with mental health or substance use
Symptom: Prolonged or intense feelings of irritability or anger