Adolescent and Child Evaluation & Treatment
Adopted children are more likely to have experienced traumatic events in early childhood, which make them more susceptible to depression, anxiety or other mental health diagnoses. When children or adolescents engage in aggressive or dangerous behavior, or express a desire to harm themselves or others, it is imperative that they be evaluated promptly by a mental health professional and hospitalized if necessary. Parents are urged to dial 9-1-1 if they are unable to safely transport their child to the hospital for evaluation. Any hospital emergency room can provide an emergency psychiatric evaluation if there is concern that your child may be at imminent risk of harming himself or others.
If your child is not experiencing an immediate crisis situation, but is experiencing severe mental health symptoms impeding his or her ability to function or to perform everyday tasks, a prompt mental health evaluation is also recommended.
Only a psychiatrist, medical doctor, or nurse practitioner can prescribe psychotropic medication for the treatment of mental health and behavioral concerns. In addition, there is very limited research on the effectiveness of psychotropic medication in the treatment of depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders with child and adolescent populations. Many psychiatric medications have never been tested on a pediatric population at all. Medication is sometimes necessary for a child or adolescent with severe symptoms, aggressive behavior, or suicidal ideation. A comprehensive mental health evaluation is the first step in determining whether your child could benefit from psychotropic medication.
If there is not an immediate safety concern for your child but you have consistently noted that your child seems unhappy or seems detached from others, or is consistently demonstrating oppositional behavior, you should seek professional help.
Adopted children may experience unique struggles related to attachment, identity and prior traumatic experiences. These experiences can complicated normal childhood experiences. It is important to note that not every adjustment issue that your child experiences will be an adoption issue. Right Turn® strongly recommends that you choose a therapist for your child or family that has a very strong foundation in adoption issues. An adoption competent therapist will be able to address many adoption issues which arise in the course of therapy, and will have the ability to address some of the complex grief and loss issues that adopted children often need help to resolve.
This section contains information on evaluation providers, therapy providers and in-patient treatment centers as well as articles and information on different types of evaluations, therapies children experience as part of growing up will be complicated by the adopted child’s prior history. Right Turn® strongly recommends that you choose a therapist for your child or family that has a very strong foundation in adoption issues. An adoption-competent therapist will be able to address any adoption issues that arises during the course of therapy, and will have the ability to address some of the complex grief and loss issues that adopted children often have to resolve.and diagnosis.
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