How to Identify Your Loved One May Need Treatment Over the Holidays
Mood shift – It’s not uncommon for teens and young adults to experience mood shifts. However, if your loved one begins to have mood shifts that seem to be from one extreme to the other, or if the mood shifts are just different than what is typical for your loved one, it might be time to sit down and check in with them.
Isolation—You may notice your child is spending more time in their room, on their devices, or isolated from family while home. This can be an indicator of depression or anxiety.
Not interested in socializing with their friends—You may notice your child is not spending time with their friends as much as they used to.
Shift in appetite or sleep schedule—You may notice your child has had a shift in their appetite. Perhaps they are eating much more or much less than they were prior to leaving for school. Shifts in appetite or significant weight loss/gain and be indicators of depression or anxiety symptoms.
Poor grades in the last semester—When young adults are struggling in school, this can be an indicator that there are bigger mental health challenges occurring.
Restlessness or agitations—Sometimes anxiety can manifest itself through restlessness, obsessive thoughts, or even feeling more on edge or easily agitated.
Loss of Enjoyment – It’s not uncommon for people to experience a loss of enjoyment or pleasure with things that in the past have been enjoyable. If your young adult isn’t showing interest and enjoyment in the things that they used to, this may be a sign that something is off.
If you notice these shifts, or any other shifts in your child’s behavior or mood when they return home for the holidays, check in with them and ask them how they’re doing. As humans, we all want to feel seen for our true selves, even when we’re struggling.
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