Mental Health Interventions For Children & Teens

According to the World Health Organization, more than 50% of mental health problems are determined by the age of 14. Similar to addressing a physical illness, establishing a diagnosis and treatment for a mental health disorder even earlier can lead to better outcomes long term. Unfortunately, there are often physical, financial, and social barriers that prevent children of all ages from getting properly diagnosed and treated for their mental health disorders.

In turn, this can lead to drug use, chronic illnesses, disabilities, additional mental health issues, and social problems. To treat and prevent additional problems from arising, it’s important to turn to professionals that offer evidence-based intervention services that target adolescent mental health disorders. In addition to treating adults, Drew Horowitz & Associates also offer children and adolescents mental health interventions that can help them according to their specific needs.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Interventions

The Importance of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry During Interventions

Similar to an approach for substance abuse treatment, diagnosing and treating a child or adolescent’s mental health condition needs to be comprehensive. For anxiety disorders, depression, and other conditions, a combination of pharmaceuticals to treat their condition, lifestyle changes, and other therapeutic methods can help them manage it.

Psychology is an important component of the treatments we offer through Drew Horowitz & Associates, however, it is not the only approach we take. The goal of our staff is to offer your child the help they need so that they can live a better life going forward. From safe clinical transportation to medications, we will make sure your child’s mental health intervention meets all of their needs and addresses their condition.

Our Interventions For Adolescents, Teens, and Young Children

For a child, adolescent, or teen that is suffering from a mental disorder, there are numerous mental health services that Drew Horowitz & Associates can offer them. The steps we take or do not take entirely depend on the needs of the adolescent we treat. For example, for conditions like anxiety and depression, we might include all of the following services:

  • Assessment and Evaluation: A thorough evaluation of the adolescent’s mental health condition to identify its severity. This also helps us determine the appropriate treatment plan.
  • Education: Teaching the adolescent and their family about the nature of their conditions can help provide information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment options. In turn, this can reduce the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and promote understanding.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a talk therapy that helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors with a mental health professional. It can be highly effective in reducing symptoms and helping an individual lead a better life.
  • Medication: Depending on the severity of their condition, medication may be recommended to help manage symptoms. An initial consultation with a psychiatrist or other medical professional would be needed to determine whether medication is appropriate.
  • Family Therapy: Family therapy can help improve communication and support within the family system, which can reduce stress and improve the adolescent’s mental health.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Encouraging the adolescent to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep, can help improve overall well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • Supportive Interventions: Other supportive style interventions may be recommended. These could include relaxation techniques, mindfulness meditation, and other stress reduction techniques, to help manage symptoms of their condition.

If your child is struggling and needs help to treat their mental health condition, you should consider contacting Drew Horowitz & Associates. Schedule a treatment consultation to see how we can help your child find long-term solutions and lead a better life.

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