When a child or teenager presents with disruptive or aggressive behaviors they are often labeled with terms such as “oppositional, defiant, stubborn or lazy.” This can be done by caregivers who are understandably frustrated, exhausted and at times emotionally hurt by the child’s behavior. It is a significant challenge to be a parent or teacher who feels disrespected, disregarded, devalued or demoralized in this manner. This is especially true if they have worked hard and given a great deal of themselves to a child or teen that does not seem grateful, to be putting in initiative to change or who does not seem responsive to efforts to help.
Topics: Children's Mental Health
Your child is in crisis. He is exhibiting symptoms of a mental health emergency, and you know he needs treatment right away. We’re fortunate to have wonderful hospitals in Bexar County, including two dedicated to children, and self-standing emergency rooms on almost every corner. But is a local emergency room (ER) your best option? What other options do you have?
Many argue that the higher rate of mental illness in kids is only because we’ve gotten better about diagnosing the problem. Not so, argues Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor at Boston College writing in Psychology Today.