Anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family problems – sadly, children and adolescents often face the same mental health crises as adults. Anxiety can become panic attacks so severe a teen believes he is dying. A child with depression may not budge from bed for days. Substance abuse – drinking and drugs – can affect children as young as eight or nine. And the problems many families face are so overwhelming that parents can’t cope, leaving children to struggle through on their own.
When situations arise that trigger powerful emotions in children – the loss of a parent, abuse or neglect – they sometimes don't have the coping skills and support necessary to prevent disruptive and unhealthy behaviors.
When children are hurting, INTEGRIS Mental Health can help. Our programs provide a safe and structured environment designed to help children deal with a variety of mental health issues.
INTEGRIS Mental Health can help children learn to identify and express feelings appropriately without them becoming destructive. INTEGRIS Mental Health offers solutions to what can be frightening situations for family members, teachers, counselors and the children themselves.
Emotional pain, unrecognized and untreated, often results in a child hurting themselves or others.
Our goal is to help children develop and maintain successful relationships with parents, peers and teachers, allowing them to lead satisfying, productive lives. Families and caregivers are an integral part of the treatment process.
Each child's parents or caregivers participate in family therapy sessions to learn parenting skills, age-appropriate discipline techniques and effective communication skills. Family therapy helps to create a healthier, nurturing environment for the entire family.
Symptoms to Watch For
- unreal highs, risk taking behavior
- sudden intense fear, feeling faint, shaking
- sleeping too much or not enough
- feeling hopeless or helpless
- avoidance of school or friends
- excessively argumentative and defiant
- threatens harm to self or others
At INTEGRIS Mental Health, we believe children learn what they live. We can help them learn to live well again.