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Adolescent Mental Health Specialist

Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP -  - Psychiatry

Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services

Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP

Psychiatry located in Uniondale, NY

Adolescence is a challenging time, as young people figure out who they are and transition into adulthood. Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, provides adolescent mental health support and counseling for teenagers 15 and older at Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services, P.C., in Uniondale, New York. If you’re concerned about your teen’s mental health, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Adolescent Mental Health Q & A

What are common adolescent mental health issues?

Many mental health issues emerge in adolescence and early adulthood, taking a toll on your teenager’s confidence, social development, and potential. Fortunately, with accurate diagnosis and expert, compassionate treatment, your child can recover and develop the skills they need to thrive.

Some of the common mental health issues affecting adolescents include:

Anxiety

Up to 32% of 13-18-year-olds have an anxiety disorder and live with distressing and persistent fears and worries. Anxiety causes a variety of mental and physical symptoms ranging from disproportionately anxious feelings and irritability to muscle tension and gastrointestinal symptoms. 

Depression 

Depression is another prevalent adolescent mental health issue. Teens can experience persistent and intense feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Your child might also withdraw socially, become irritable, and change their eating and sleeping habits.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD causes a variety of academic and social problems for teenagers when untreated. Your child might seem absentminded, forgetful, or always on-the-go. ADHD can get in the way of your child’s performance at school, decrease their confidence, and impede their social development.

Substance abuse

Substance abuse often co-occurs with mental health issues. Like adults, many adolescents turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate—Dr. Vansiea screens for signs of substance abuse during the initial psychiatric consultation. 

What are the signs my teenager needs psychiatric help?

Teenagers are known for their unpredictable moods, so it might be challenging to tell if your child is being a normal teen or if their behavior is a sign of a mental health issue. 

You know your child best. Some of the signs that they might need help include:

  • Sadness that persists for two weeks or more
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Outbursts of extreme irritability
  • Out-of-control behavior
  • Talk of death or suicide
  • Changes in weight
  • A decline in academic performance
  • Frequent headaches and stomachaches

If your child has any of these symptoms or other signs of a mental health issue, schedule a consultation with Dr. Vansiea today. 

What are the available adolescent mental health services?

Dr. Vansiea provides comprehensive mental health services for adolescents and their families, including:

  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Psychotherapy/counseling
  • Faith-based Christian counseling
  • Telemental health
  • Adolescent Wellness Groups (15 years and up coming soon in 2020)
  • Health and Safety Education
  • Wellness and Coaching Support

Initial psychiatric evaluations for teens typically last 120 minutes – the first 90 minutes are spent evaluating your child alone, and the last 30 minutes are spent with you and your child together. Dr. Vansiea aims to provide individual and family psychotherapy, medication, and support to help your teenager gain insight and awareness of unhealthy risk factors and poor decision making. 

It’s important to note that anything stated in your child’s initial evaluation or subsequent psychotherapy sessions is kept confidential unless they suggest that they’re planning to harm themself or others. 

Call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services, P.C., or make an appointment online today. 

*For the duration of the novel coronavirus pandemic, all patient visits with Dr. Vansiea will be conducted via telemedicine.