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Recognizing a Mental Health Crisis

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A mental health crisis can happen anytime in a person’s life. Teens experience changing thoughts and emotions and new sensations every day, and sometimes they can be overwhelming or confusing and cause a crisis. Knowing the signs of a crisis in your teen can help you recognize when they need to talk to a therapist about their feelings or troubles at school or home. A crisis intervention program can give teens the coping skills they need to get through the crisis without impacting their education.

At Imagine Seattle, we support teen boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 who are experiencing a crisis. Our certified therapists have experience working with teens facing all types of crises. We work with teens and their families to uncover the root cause of the crisis and create a supportive home environment. If you would like to learn more about our crisis intervention program, call 888.346.0473 or send us a message online today, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

What Is Crisis Intervention?

Crisis intervention offers mental health treatment for teens who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or substance abuse due to a crisis. Behavioral therapists help patients feel safe while defining the crisis they are facing. They develop a treatment plan based on their unique symptoms that can include medication to reduce some of the symptoms causing the most harm.

A crisis is any single or reoccurring event that causes significant emotional stress and mental harm. If left untreated, it can lead to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction. Some of the common causes of a crisis in teens include:

  • In-person or online bullying
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Stress keeping up with their classes
  • The death of a close friend, parent, or sibling
  • Relationships issues with friends or family
  • Sexual identity or gender confusion

At Imagine Seattle, we work closely with each teen to create a space where they feel safe and can calmly talk about their feelings. Our team has experience working with all types of crises and will teach your teen healthy coping skills to manage their symptoms.

How to Recognize a Mental Health Crisis

Knowing the signs of a crisis can save the life of your child and give them the support they need. If you suspect your teen is dealing with a mental health crisis, here are some of the signs to look for:

  • Teens going through a crisis may not know how to express how they are feeling. This can lead to confusion, agitation, fear, depression, and severe mood swings.
  • At school, teens may withdraw from their friends and start isolating themselves from others. They may start skipping classes that can affect their grades or other bad behavior that gets them in trouble.
  • Teens in crisis can suffer nightmares and may have trouble getting a full night’s sleep. Insomnia can cause mental and physical decline and lead to depression, lack of focus, and other issues.
  • It is common for teens to turn to drugs and alcohol when dealing with a crisis, which they feel is helping, but in reality, they are only making things worse.

A crisis intervention program can give your teen healthy coping skills and the self-esteem and confidence necessary to face any stressful situation now and in the future.

Find Safe and Compassionate Crisis Intervention for Teens Experiencing a Crisis at Imagine Seattle

Imagine Seattle works with teen boys and girls who are struggling with a mental health crisis that is impacting their well-being. Teens will work with a behavioral therapist in group and private therapy to talk about the crisis they are experiencing and develop coping skills for managing their symptoms.

Give your teen the best chance at thriving now and in the future by calling 888.346.0473 to speak with our caring staff about enrolling your teen in our mental health treatment facility.