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Will being ADOPTED make adolescence harder for my child?
How can I deal with the ANGER
in our family?
Is my teen's BEHAVIOR just normal teenage rebellion?
What do parents and teachers need to know about BULLYING?
How do I find a THERAPIST for my teen?
What is EMOTIONAL ABUSE?
How can I help my OVERWEIGHT
How do I find a good OUTDOOR PROGRAM for my teen?
My teen is cutting. What do I need to know about SELF-INJURY?
What is 'normal' teen SEXUAL BEHAVIOR and what is cause for concern?
How can I help my teen adjust to our STEPFAMILY?
Counseling and Therapy
Selecting a therapist for your child is a highly personal matter. A professional who works very well with one individual may not be a good choice for another person.
There are several ways to get referrals of qualified therapists, including the following:
Ideally, you will end up with more than one therapist to interview. Call each one and request to ask the therapist some questions, either by phone or in person. You will want to inquire about his or her licensing, level of training, expertise, approach to therapy and medication, and participation in insurance plans and fees. Such a discussion should help you sort through your options and choose someone with whom you believe you and your teen might interact well.
On the following page are brief descriptions of the methods health professionals use and/or recommend in working with teens and their families, and links to organizations that give referrals to mental health professionals in your area.
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Practical Help, Real Answers
for Adoptive & Foster Parents
The Bible and Psychology ~ The most authoritative textbook on the subject of human behavior is the Bible. The Bible is not a textbook on psychology, rather it is a text on God, His relationship to humankind, and human behavior.
Chemical Imbalance ~ The idea that mental illness is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain started in the 1950s when many of the currently used psychiatric drugs were discovered by chance to alleviate the symptoms of certain mental illnesses.
Finding Help ~ Guidance in determining when professional help is needed, and how to seek or use the proper person or agency.
Lost Confidence and Confidentiality in Psychotherapy ~ Preserving confidential psychotherapy outside of managed care and insurance companies. Also read Managed Care Destroys Privacy in Psychotherapy.
Mental Disorders Are Not Diseases ~ The mind is not the brain, mental functions are not reducible to brain functions, and mental diseases are not brain diseases -- indeed, mental diseases are not diseases at all.
The Once Forgotten Factor in Psychiatry: Research Findings on Religious Commitment and Mental Health ~ Religious / spiritual commitment may enhance recovery from depression, serious mental or physical illness, and substance abuse; help curtail suicide; and reduce health risks.
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