The Overwhelming Nature of Life’s Decisions
Sometimes you can know something with great certainty but still be wholly uncertain of how to proceed.
Consider, for example, a job search. You may be absolutely certain that you are unhappy in your current position. Your boss might be difficult, your coworkers might be lazy, or your skills may be underappreciated. You have no doubt that this job is not for you.
But as certain as you are, you may still be extremely unsure of what to do next. Can you afford to quit this job without having another one lined up? Do you know what you would like to do as well as you know what you don’t enjoy doing? Are there any new opportunities in your current company? Would you need to go back to school or get additional training to get a new job?
All of these questions and the uncertainty that comes with them can lead to a kind of paralysis. In the worst case scenario, you might decide to just stay in the job you are in—despite its many problems and your unhappiness—because you just can’t wrap your head around all the things you might need to do in order to get a different job.
Your Child’s Mental Health
This same sort of uncertainty can be a problem in other areas of life, too.
For example, you may be absolutely certain that your child is struggling with a mental health disorder. It might be depression or a trauma-based issue or anxiety or any of a number of other disorders. You can see how the disorder is causing difficulties in your child’s life—and likely in the lives of other family members as well. You might be completely convinced that you should get your child some help.
But the prospect of doing so might seem totally overwhelming. Where would you start? How do you know what kind of care is needed? Would your child benefit from inpatient care? What sorts of care are covered by your insurance? The questions just keep coming. In the worst case scenario, you might decide to do nothing and hope that your child is just going through a phase.
That, of course, probably isn’t the best course of action.
Happily, help is available.
The Key to Success Is to Assess Your Child’s Mental Health
The best starting point for determining what sort of mental health treatment might be appropriate for your child is a full assessment by a trained professional. At Peak View Behavioral Health, for example, we use a first assessment to gain a comprehensive sense of the challenges your child may be facing.
That assessment will include delving into the child’s personal and family medical history as well as exploring current issues in a child’s life, any and all symptoms of mental health disorders, and the child’s current level of crisis. With this information in hand, our team can create a personalized treatment plan.
That plan might include our Peak Navigation program, which serves young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who need mental health support.
The Ins & Outs of Peak Navigation
Following the assessment, we might recommend that your child enroll in our intensive outpatient program. This half-day program is centered on coping skills and therapeutic interventions that serve teenagers well.
Alternatively, we might recommend that your child participate in our partial hospitalization program, a full-day program offered each weekday. Adolescents receive structured treatment—including therapy—and participate in skill-building groups. Medication management is also a key component of the program as is weekly conversations with a psychiatrist.
All of that may sound scary or complicated (we understand how charged a word like “hospitalization” can be). And that is why we are committed to carefully and completely explaining our treatment recommendations and to providing support for the whole family.
Now May Be the Perfect Time to Connect with Peak View Behavioral Health
As the school year comes to a close and your summer plans come into focus, it might be the right moment to investigate the ways in which the Peak Navigation program might help your child. Our program helps teens gain important life skills, employ useful coping strategies, increase their distress tolerance, establish boundaries, solve problems, and more.
We are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care for your child—and to offering support for your whole family. We are absolutely certain that we can help the young person in your life.