Teens Getting Help Where They Are Most Comfortable Through Teletherapy
While the COVID-19 pandemic is dangerous on its own, its widespread effects on mental health may be even more damaging. In a recent survey by The Recovery Village, 74% of parents said COVID-19 impacted their kids’ mental health, with 27% reporting a significant impact. The majority (85%) reported new mental health symptoms they hadn’t seen before the pandemic.
According to recent research, adolescents face unique factors and vulnerabilities that affect their mental health more directly than adults during this time. Experts found increases in disorders among children and teens this year, including post-traumatic stress, depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as grief-related symptoms. The situation has made accessible mental health care more important than ever, especially for younger Americans.
Fortunately, teletherapy resources and online counseling services for kids and teens have increased exponentially in the wake of the pandemic. Parents can easily turn to the internet or local health clinics to find online child psychologists, allowing their children to find treatment for mental health symptoms like anxiety, depression and addiction. Teens may feel safer and more at ease conducting virtual sessions from the comfort of their own homes.
Why Online Therapy Is Timely and Important for Teens
Untreated mental health disorders can lead to problems throughout adolescence and adulthood, such as substance use, criminal behavior and lifelong consequences. As such, it’s always important to treat mental health conditions and teen substance abuse as early as possible.
A 2016 survey of around 46.6 million U.S. children found that around 7.7 million (16.5%) children had a treatable mental health disorder. Of these, only half received treatment. This points to a barrier to treatment that prevents many adolescents from receiving the life-changing help they may need to transition into a healthy adulthood. The pandemic has created a rise in teletherapy services and online mental health resources, allowing more Americans to access mental health treatment anywhere and at any time.
Since early treatment can help prevent bigger issues later in life, it’s important to monitor children for potential signs of declining mental health or substance use. Because of lockdowns and guidelines for social distancing, teens may be feeling isolated from friend groups, which can easily lead to feelings of depression, stress, or anxiety. Social activities for teenagers at home can be helpful, but they’re no replacement for professional help and mental health resources when symptoms arise.
Online Therapy Resources Are Available for Teenagers
Many online therapy platforms allow clients and professional counselors to conduct virtual therapy appointments. However, these platforms are not aimed specifically toward teens struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, which means they may not receive the specialized care they need.
Our easy-to-use telehealth app treats substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions simultaneously for adults and teens age 13 and up. Our licensed therapists use evidence-based teenage counseling techniques to provide effective addiction and mental health treatment through a computer, tablet or phone.
If your child is struggling with substance abuse or a mental health condition, Next Generation Village is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about treatment options, telehealth services and therapy programs that can work well for your child’s needs.Sources: Guessoum, Selim; et al. “Adolescent psychiatric disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.” Elsevier Public Health Emergency Collection, June 29, 2020. Accessed September 8, 2020. Mostafavi, Beata. “Half of U.S. Children with Mental Health Disorders Are Not Treated.” Michigan Health Lab, February 18, 2019. Accessed September 8, 2020.