How do I know if my teen needs to see a therapist?

Q: How do I know if my teen needs to see a therapist?


A: You know your child better than anyone else, and if you feel that your teenager is facing challenges, seeking therapy could be beneficial. Having another trusted adult to support them through the tumultuous teenage years can provide valuable help. The World Health Organization highlights a concerning trend as the rate of mental health issues among teens has doubled in the past decade, with one in six US teenagers diagnosed with such issues.


Here are some signs that may indicate your teen could benefit from therapy:


- Significant changes in eating or sleeping patterns without an identifiable cause.

- Rapid or substantial weight loss or gain without a clear reason.

- Sudden decline in academic performance.

- Withdrawal from social interactions with friends and family.

- Extreme mood swings.

- Engagement in self-destructive or self-harming behaviors.

- Expressions of suicidal thoughts or desires to die.


If you have questions about how therapy could help your teen, consider connecting with a Care Navigator. Our Care Navigators are licensed therapists who can address your concerns, guide you through the decision-making process of starting therapy for your teen, and help you find a suitable provider for your family's needs. You can reach the Care Navigation team On-Demand Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm EST at 1-855-305-5533. 

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