Raising children can be a difficult task for even the most well-prepared parent. The level of care, attention, sacrifice and focus it takes to raise a child through their teens and into their adult years cannot be understated. There will be ups and downs, even for the best of us, as both parents and children alike learn to cope with social changes, boundaries and the normal arguments and challenges that comprise a family. There are also moments of joy and happiness as they grow and learn new things, and parents want to see their children succeed as much as humanly possible.
But what about when your child ends up developing a mental health issue? This can complicate matters, especially in a child’s formative years. It can also be all too easy to dismiss the emotional outbursts, the withdrawal or many other noticeable issues as them just “growing up”. If a parent is not careful, they may miss the signs that their child is actually dealing with mental health problems, and is not just “acting out” or experiencing other common social assumptions that often apply to children and teenagers.
Being able to speak with your child in-depth, or at least being able to gently ask probing questions about how they feel, what they are experiencing or when they first started feeling the way they do can help make a big difference. For example, it may be normal for a child to experience depression or unhappiness for a day or two at times, as this is a normal emotion that humans experience; but if they are depressed for over two weeks, they may have clinical depression. Paying attention to these types of signs and symptoms could potentially even save the life of your child at some point.
So when you finally turn to a mental health professional in order to get your child the help that they need, do you actually feel comfortable that they can interact with them on an interpersonal level and deliver the care that is necessary? It is not unnatural to have doubts in regards to trust when it comes to any individual who is charged with caring for the well-being of your child, be it a mental health condition or a physical one; so what can you do in order to be proactive and know whether they would be the right fit?
Here are a few points to consider as a parent:
How Do They Interact with your Child?
When you first meet with the doctor or mental health provider, observe the interaction between you, them and your child. Do they seem to provide an atmosphere that is beneficial towards making your child feel comfortable? Does the communication feel right? What sort of questions do they ask that helps draw them out? Taking note of how they speak to and address them can help you build a rapport and feelings of trust.
What Methods do they Employ?
Every parent wants the best for their children, and that applies to mental health treatments as well. Many parents will also do their own research before reaching out to a mental health professional, and you can use that opportunity to see whether they fall in line with the most recent and most appropriate methods for dealing with a child with mental health or behavioral health issues. You may not know all aspects or methods of treatment, but asking pointed questions and discussing avenues of treatment can be a big factor as to whether trust is there.
Develop the Relationship
A quality mental health facility will employ a team approach, not just a one-on-one diagnosis with doctor and child. Family plays a huge role in many aspects of mental health treatment, and developing this with a mental health professional, your child and you can make a huge difference.
In short, it is important to find a mental health expert or facility that will be able to meet the needs of the challenges that your child is going through. Reaching out for a free assessment can be a great starting point as well, and Montevista offers them 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact Montevista today at 702-251-1371.