Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more are a growing concern in students of all ages. Due to this, Pine Rest offers an Adolescent Day Program to help teens cope with mental illnesses by providing intensive daily treatment in a safe and structured environment. Teens ages 13 to 17 come in daily, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, to receive treatment and then go home for the evening, similar to a school schedule. The Adolescent Day Program treats teens for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and so much more. If you’re a parent of a teen, it’s important to watch for the warning signs, as identified by Pine Rest.
The two reviewed warning signs that parents should look out for, including:
- Withdraws from social activities
- Seems “down” or experiences severe mood swings for two weeks or longer
- Exhibits drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleep habits
- Seems very fearful or takes excessive risks
- Stops normal eating or tries to lose weight with laxatives or vomiting
- Extreme difficulty concentrating or sitting still
- Repeatedly uses alcohol or drugs
- Harms self and/or threatens/talks about suicide
The two reviewed what parents should do if they notice any of these changes in their child’s behavior, which starts by having a non-judgmental talk with the child. It’s important for kids to know their parents are on their team and support them no matter what. Some of the ways to have a non-judgmental conversation include:
- Let your teen know you’re trying to understand not “fix”.
- Focus on listening.
- Don’t interrogate or criticize.
- Validate their experience; help them feel safe.
- Don’t give up too quickly.
- Frame treatment like a coach or trainer–a place to practice new skills and improve daily life.
- Treat the whole family.
If the parents don’t see any changes within a few weeks, then it’s suggest reaching out to get further help from a therapist or doctor.
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