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When tragedy strikes: Mental health evaluations as a preventative measure

When tragedy strikes: Mental health evaluations as a preventative measure

When tragedy strikes, we often look back and say: “what could we have done to avoid this situation?” When it comes to a shooting, like the one that happened recently in Texas, sometimes the person holding the gun had a history of mental health issues. Unfortunately, nothing can be done for the victims of such tragic events, but action can be taken when it comes to mental health evaluations. Taking the necessary precautions to avoid issues arising from mental health struggles might save lives.

Mental health evaluations: Where to start

Getting  mental health evaluations for yourself and your teen should be something people regularly do, just like going to get a physical. Unfortunately, due to the stigma surrounding mental health throughout the world, not many people get mental health evaluations. If your family has a history of mental health issues, such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, or personality disorders, it’s even more pertinent for mental health evaluations to be a regular occurrence for you and your teen.

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Other signs your teen needs  mental health evaluations include:

  1. Difficulty functioning on a daily basis: If your teen is struggling to go to school, or even to get out of bed in the morning it may be time for them to be evaluated. This is a textbook sign that they are struggling with a mental health issue.
  2. Frequent substance abuse: If your teen is abusing substances, the cause may be more than just peer pressure. Often, teen abuse substances in order to cope with some other mental health issue occurring.
  3. Mood swings: Random outbursts of emotion can be more than just teen angst. They can be a sign that something serious is happening to your teen’s mental state. If this is a frequent occurrence, a mental health evaluation should definitely be something on your radar.
  4. Recent trauma: Trauma can trigger a variety of mental health issues including PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
  5. Sad, withdrawn behavior: When teens are struggling with mental health issues, they can become withdrawn and isolate themselves from loved ones. If this is happening with your child, it may help to get a mental health evaluation for them.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center, a teen mental health assessment center, provides mental health evaluations and assessments for struggling teens ages 12-17.

For more information about ViewPoint Center, please call 801-825-5222 today.

 

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