When your teen says, “You don’t understand,” they are probably right!
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- Withdrawn from family or friends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
- Neglecting appearance
- 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
- Angry outbursts
- 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.