When schools close their doors, don't shut the door on your teen's warning-sign behaviors!
Hi. My name is Kathleen Haughey-Eannone, RN, BSN and I am the Director of the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Carrier Clinic.
I wanted to take a minute to talk about summer break, which will soon be upon us, and mental illness in the adolescent population.
For many adolescents in our area, school ends today, so let’s talk about the signs and symptoms of mental illness to be alert for, with your children, at home. The symptoms- which are quite often identified by schools during the normal school year, when the child has many more adults, and professionals watching for the ‘little signs’ that indicate your child may be suffering from a mental health issue- can slip by in the summer months.
Some of the Signs and Symptoms to keep alert for:
• Are they: Isolating from friends and family? Losing interest in activities once loved by them?
• Do they have increased irritability?
• Are they involved in illegal activities, sneaking out, and/or staying out late with no explanation?
• Do they have drastic changes in friends/clothes/activities, dropping or failing grades in school over the past year?
These are some of the ways mental illness may manifest itself in young adults. If you have questions or concerns, and/or suspect that your child may be suffering from a mental health issue, please do not hesitate to call your doctor or pediatrician right away. For more information about the adolescent services that Carrier Clinic provides, you can visit our website or call 800-933-3579.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!