COVID has especially impacted teen mental health. As parents, we need to recognize that teens experience emotions and feelings differently from adults. As such, we may not always be able to see the signs of emotional problems. Self-esteem issues, negative beliefs and drug use can all negatively impact a teen’s emotional, psychological, behavioral and social health. That is why it is important to have a pediatrician that can pinpoint these behavioral and emotionally issues early, so they can recommend effective solutions for combating these problems.
Teen Emotional Health
Children's Healthcare is proud to announce that Dr. Karen Loper has been recognized by her medical colleagues as San Diego County's "top doctor" in the field of adolescent medicine.
Dr. Loper recognizes each new developmental stage for a teen can bring new concerns for parents. While many of these issues can easily be addressed at home through proper communication and support, we also know that sometimes more serious issues such as anxiety and depression may require professional treatment. There are a variety of stressors that could greatly impact a teen’s mental, behavioral and emotional health. Some of these factors include,
- Domestic violence
- Death of a loved one or pet
- Physical or emotional abuse
While situations can certainly play a role in your child’s mental health, we also understand that age and genetics are other factors that influence your child’s emotional and behavioral health. You may want to consider bringing your child in for an evaluation with Dr. Loper if you are noticing signs or symptoms of,
- Low self-esteem
- School underachievement
- Behavioral problems
- Eating disorders
- Self injury (eg: cutting)
- Substance abuse
- Withdrawal from family and friends
Children's Healthcare provides comprehensive evaluations and referrals to counselors and therapists that can help your teen find ways to cope with their current situation. It is important that your child has someone that they can talk to and often times therapy can help your child recognize bad habits, behaviors and patterns that fuel their symptoms.