Let’s be honest: this scenario can cause significant stress for everyone in the family. For you, as a parent, for your kids, for everyone. As parents, you have more to worry about than ever before. Your teenager may experience grief, loss, depression, anxiety, and sadness around various things, including lack of in-person social contact with friends, the absence of in-person extracurricular activities, and the delays, changes, and modifications to high school sports.
These stressors coming at all family members from all sides can lead to conflict. Your child or children may develop behaviors you’ve never seen before. Stress can cause an escalation of existing mental health issues or reveal dormant mental health issues. In teens, stress and isolation can lead to:
- Substance use
- Defiant or disruptive behavior
- Suicidal ideation
- Non-suicidal self-injury
If you’re like us, you worry that your teen’s mental health needs may be overlooked during this highly unusual and potentially traumatic time. We want you to know that mental health services – at all levels of care – are available during the coronavirus pandemic. If your teen shows signs or symptoms of a mental health, behavioral, or substance use disorder, they may benefit from treatment. Rest assured that you can get them the treatment they need to manage their symptoms and rediscover their mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
At Evolve, we’re committed to helping restore harmony to your family and home. We created this treatment guide to help you navigate the process of finding the best possible treatment option for your adolescent.