Adolescence is a time of change for both the child and the parent. When an adolescent child has changes in mood or behavior, sometimes it is hard to know what is “normal” and what is a mental health problem. Consultation with a psychiatrist who specializes in adolescent mental health can help both the parent and the child understand what is “normal” and what may be a more significant problem. A psychiatrist can also help make recommendations on adolescent healthy lifestyle, talk therapy, or medications. An adolescent psychiatrist can also work with parents to better understand their role and maintain healthy boundaries with their child. Doing this important work with families can help prevent more serious mental health problems in young adulthood.

Psychiatry for Teenagers, Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill