Why Monitoring Your Adolescent’s Mental Health Matters

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Your child’s adolescence is one of the biggest transitions you will ever experience as a parent. It is their rebellious phase. The cute little angel you used to cradle in your arms now shuts a door in your face.

While mood swings and rebellion are normal at this time of their lives, it is important to step up and pay closer attention to your children. Mental health conditions can develop this early and result to severe consequences if left untreated.

Do they really just want to be left alone?

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Apart from the major changes in their appearance, adolescents also have to deal with a lot more. They start to realize that they must fit in so they begin to spend more time in their own worlds. They begin to crave independence and tend to shut you off. Do not be discouraged.

You do not need to know every single detail in their lives but you can encourage them to open up by initiating conversation. There are many ways to be more involved while respecting your child’s privacy. Instead of scolding them for their one-word answers to “How’s your day?” you can say “Tell me more.” Be a little more patient with them whenever they get on your nerves and you might be pleasantly surprised.

It is in the small things

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You cannot monitor them 24/7 but you can definitely check your child’s mental health at home. You can start by looking closely at their eating and sleeping habits.

Be careful about confrontations whenever you notice anything out of ordinary. Exercise your authority in a democratic manner and always give your child a chance to explain.

The key is establishing communication as equals. These tips should help you communicate with your teenage kids efficiently while strengthening the bond with them

Seven Brilliant Books about Mental Health for All Ages

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Understanding mental illness begins with education. While the most accurate information comes from consultations with trained professionals, there are supplementary materials that are readily available across the online marketplace and bookstores.

Finding the Right Book

The most important thing to consider when choosing a book about mental health and illnesses is the reader’s comprehension. Many factors like family background, ethnicity, level of education, etc. come into play.  However, it would obviously be a painful detour to go that route. The easiest way to choose is to consider one’s age.

We have compiled a list of some of the most brilliant books for everyone, kids and kids at heart alike.

Children (5-10)

The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones


This award-winning children’s book tells the story of a princess who was happy until a fog came. Using a simple yet powerful metaphor, this story helps young readers make sense of difficult feelings. The images are eye-catching and perfect for a storytelling bonding moment with kids.

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland


If you have a kid who gets bored easily, this book is ideal for you. With fun rhymes and colorful characters, this story tells us about a group of animal friends who try to cheer up an angry bear. It will not only help children recognize emotions that they can relate to but also teach them how to help other who might experience the same.

Young Adult (12-20)

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by Nonieqa Ramos


Following a dictionary’s format as the title suggests, we explore Macy’s life. Her struggles unfold as she tells the story of her father in prison, depressed mother, troubled brother and her best friend.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan


Even with the abundance of novels in the market, this New York Times bestseller shines because of its beautiful prose that pulls at your heartstrings. It is a profound story of understanding suicide and coping with grief.

Adults (22+)

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy Edited by Kelly Jensen


In this collection of essays, anecdotes, comics and more, people from various walks of life attempt to start a conversation about mental health and why it matters.  Its intent is to explore our notion of what is crazy and how most of it tend to be oversimplified.

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles Edited by Jessica Burkhart


If you feel like you are alone in your struggle, this collection will be a great source of support. Authors share their personal experiences with mental illnesses ranging from ADD to PTSD, among others.

Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel


Addiction is one of the most stigmatized and misunderstood mental health problems across the globe. The author is a renowned researcher and a former addict herself. With a striking balance between science and storytelling, this work is surely educational and engaging.

Now that you have a list of great books on mental health, we’re sure you are eager to get out and get at least one of them! Happy reading!

A Simple Breakdown of a Child Psychiatrist’s Roles

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A child psychiatrist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses or disorders among children aged 4-18. Common conditions include severe mood swings, emotional trauma, teenage depression, eating disorders, autism, and ADHD. Their primary roles are conducting tests for a sound diagnosis, formulating efficient treatment plans for their patients, and prescribing medication as needed.

They supervise therapy and help patients and their family understand the diagnosed condition and how its symptoms can affect daily life.

One of the major specializations within the field is child psychiatry. Child psychiatry pertains to the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral and mental problems that affect children, generally within the age bracket of 4-18 years old.

Here are the roles of a child psychiatrist.

Diagnosis

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The first part of every treatment begins with a sound diagnosis. A child psychiatrist collects information through a round of consultations and medical tests to determine the condition of their patient.

Majority of consultations are conducted with a legal guardian present. Some of these tests may require written consent from parents in order to proceed. Many might think that major disorders occur only in adulthood but on the contrary, some of the most common conditions are experienced during childhood.

These include severe mood swings, anxiety disorder, teenage depression, eating disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder), conduct disorder in school and at home, emotional Trauma, and early onset of criminal behavior.

 

Treatment

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The bulk of a child psychiatrist’s work lies on treatment. It is vital to come up with a great plan with clear goals, detailed methods, and efficient progress tracking. Treatment plans vary depending on each patient’s case.

The most common type of treatment is therapy. Some cases require joint sessions with parents while others happen between the psychiatrist and child privately. Majority of professionals see their patients at least once a week but therapy may be given as often or sparingly as needed.

Prescription

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A licensed child psychiatrist is also authorized to prescribe medication that counter symptoms experienced by their patients. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with possible side effects of the medicine as well as State laws and regulations to ensure safety. A child psychiatrist will be the best person to ask about these matters.

Seeking A Great Child Psychiatrist

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Parents often do not know the first thing to look for when seeking professional help. Well, the answer is simple: look for someone who can fulfill the said roles exceptionally.

A great child psychiatrist must be able to explain a child’s diagnosis in a way that both the patient and the family can easily understand, be transparent about the details of the treatment plan, and most importantly, be able to stay professional every step of the way.