Teen Mental Health - Prescription Abuse
Prescription abuse is a very common problem among teens today. It is very easy for teens to obtain prescription drugs at the high school level. There are even middle schools that are experiencing prescription abuse. If a teen is unable to steal prescriptions drugs from their own medicine cabinet, they can purchase them from other students. Prescription abuse is relatively easy to hide because there is no odor associated with it. When a teen smokes marijuana, there is a distinct odor associated with the abuse. When a teen drinks alcohol, it is easy to smell it on their breathe. Abuse of a prescription can be very difficult to detect.
Losing a Loved One
It can be a very traumatic experience for anyone to lose a loved one. It is especially difficult if the deceased person is a close friend. Dealing with grief is unique to everyone nobody handles or processes it in the exact same way. The loss of a loved one can bring to the surface emotions a person may not have realized that they had. When a tragedy happens in a high school and a student dies, grief counselors are sometimes brought in for students to talk with. It may be necessary for the parent of a teen suffering from the loss of loved one to do the same. It may take the help of a professional to assist the teen in moving on.
Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist
Some people struggle trying to decide where to go for help. If a parent determines that their child needs help, they can spend hours searching for answers. One question that seems to be asked a lot is the difference between a Psychologist and Psychiatrist. The way we understand the difference is this. A Psychologist is able to counsel and help a person verbally deal with their problems. The Psychologist has the ability to write prescriptions. The Psychiatrist may also do some counseling. The best place to start is usually with your family Dr. He or she will be able to refer you to a specialist that can zero in on the issues and get to the core of the problem.
It is important that a teen go to the Dr. at least annually. While a youngster is growing up their body is going through many changes. As the teen moves from a Pediatrician to a MD or a Gynecologist, it is an advantage to have a Dr. familiar with the teen. If a Dr. has been seeing a teen, he will be more prepared to help if the teen starts a spiral downward. The Dr. will be much better qualified to assist with placement or referral to another Dr. if he has been involved in the life of the child. It is also important for the family Dr. to watch for any abnormalities. If a family Dr. is invested in the family, he can be a very good resource should the family run into troubles.
Stigma of Psychological Help
Twenty years ago there used to be a terrible stigma attached to any kind of psychological help. If a person was under the care of a psychiatrist or psychologist they were often made fun of. Today mental illness is more widely accepted. There are very few people ignorant enough to make fun of someone seeking help today. This makes it much easier for parents to convince a teen to go along with an evaluation. It is important that a teen sincerely wants to get help prior to taking them to a professional however. If a teen does not want to go to a counselor, they will waste everyone’s time and parents money.