Every teen goes through natural mental and emotional changes. As your daughter grows into a young woman, she will inevitably go through phases. It’s discerning between what is completely normal mood swings and what might be warning signs of mental health issues that can be difficult. As a parent, you want to help your daughter find a save path through her adolescence, but sometimes that path becomes tricky to navigate, and all you can do is watch as she leads herself somewhere you can’t follow.
As a parent, it can be tricky to acknowledge poor behaviors in your child as anything more than just a “phase”, a mood that’s more of a passing nuisance rather than anything serious. But as a parent would never ignore a broken bone, a terrible cough, or a high fever, the mental health of your child should be taken just as seriously. Changes in behavior can be more than what you initially box them as. Eventually, those behaviors can be alarming and can compromise the safety of herself and your family.
How is She Changing?
During this delicate time in her life, many factors can lead to mental health issues swiftly or quietly emerging. Factors could be as simple as hormones, or as serious as trauma within their environment. What are the potential factors that may be impacting her change in behavior?
- Her changing hormones. Your daughter’s brain is currently seeing many changes. And as she refurbished the rooms of her mind, the moving around of important items may put her at risk for those mental properties to break. This can lead to mental health and addiction problems. Any change can lead to an unexpected way of thinking or acting.
- She could be dealing with stress. Ask yourself if you’ve noticed increased levels of stress in your daughter. Has she shown in any way that she is undergoing a stressful situation at home or at school? Is she being bullied? Is her academic work slipping? The teen years are particularly hard on young women. You may not be aware of just how much stress her currently life is putting on her. She may not know how to cope.
- How is your daughter’s environment? Has your daughter experienced any trauma or abuse in her environment? Are you privy of what happens in the social aspects of her life? As a parent, you can only know what you know. You may not be entirely aware of what’s going on outside of your home.
Identifying Warning Signs
Parents often ask, how can you tell, or what should I be looking for? As guardians, we want to know how to spot a true warning sign. We want to know when to be patient, and when to seek help. Is it just a phase or is it a cry for help? Although behavioral changes and mental illness exhibits differently between your teen and the next, some warning signs you should be careful to watch for are:
- Major changes in sleep patterns
- A change in academic performance
- Lose of interest
- Excessive anger and irritability
- Excessive isolation
- Weight and appetite changes
Let Trinity Teen Solutions Help You
If you’ve already spotted a few of these signs, it’s time to check in with them. Talking is the first step to figuring out a solution for their mental health. If you feel as though your teen’s behavior has gotten past the point of strickly talking or sitting with a therapist, it may be time to find more hands-on help for your child. Her future is important, but for her to find a happy and healthy future, she first needs to fix what’s going on inside. That’s why, at Trinity Teen Solutions we’re equipped with all the necessary means to help your daughter find the balance in her mind, body, and spirit once more.