Children & Adolescents
As a parent, we often feel that we should be able to provide our children with everything they will ever need. We want to make them feel safe, answer every question and find the solution to every problem. We want to be the one they can count on when difficulties arise, the one who can help them with anything that is beyond their developing capabilities. But sometimes their problems are beyond our knowledge and capabilities as a parent. Sometimes as a parent, we need help. Realizing this and taking steps to get the proper support could be the most important thing you ever do for your child and yourself. Correct diagnosis of any medical or emotional issue is a crucial first step toward implementing the proper treatment.
A professional mental health evaluation can often explain symptoms or causes that are not apparent on the surface. Behavioral problems may be symptoms of underlying psychological, biological or emotional issues that inhibit a child’s social, academic and emotional development. If a young child is not able to speak or communicate effectively, it can be extremely difficult for a parent to properly diagnose a potential problem.
Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists are trained and experienced in all the specialized skills it takes to effectively diagnose and treat our youngest patients.
We can assist you in developing a mental health treatment strategy that will start your child on the road to recovery. We can teach you tools and techniques that make a difference today so your child can fulfill their potential tomorrow.
Prairie St. John’s Adolescent Services
The world we live in can be confusing and intimidating to everyone at times. Adolescents must cope with this world at the same time that they experience a wide array of bodily and emotional changes. They are testing their independence, finding their self-identity and searching for their place among their peers, in their community and within society. They may feel pressure to perform in school, pressure to excel in extracurricular activities, pressure to fit in with the “right” group and pressure to decide what to do with the rest of their lives. Sometimes the pressure is intense or beyond their ability to cope and something gives out.
Mental illness can be the result of compounding problems and prolonged pressures. Teens may turn to drugs or alcohol to help forget about their responsibilities, or as a way to assert their independence. The easy availability of alcohol or powerfully addictive drugs like methamphetamines and crack cocaine make this experimentation common and dangerous. It’s easy to see why there has been a huge increase in addiction rates for both adolescents and adults in recent years.
Adolescents experience the world from a standpoint that is unique to their age group. They experience emotional and physical changes that make it difficult to distinguish between “normal” teenage behavior and things that can signify a far more serious problem.
At Prairie, we have experience identifying and treating mental illness and addictions in adolescents. We have helped thousands of teens gain better control of themselves and their lives and helped parents reclaim their child and sense of family. Our adolescent services include: