Many people are looking at the Texas Shooting and wondering how it could’ve been avoided. Usually, with shootings like this past one, the perpetrator has had issues with mental health. Though we can’t bring back the victims of the shooting, we can move forward and take steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This action can be done in many forms, one of them is mental health evaluations.
Starting mental health evaluations
Though mental health should be considered just as important as physical health, there’s a stigma wrapped around mental health issues, so mental health evaluations aren’t done regularly–even if they should be. Especially if you have a family history of mental health problems–like depression, anxiety, etc.–you should seek out a professional for a mental health evaluation.
Mental health issue red flags to look for in your teen:
- Mood swings: Yes, teens are known for mood swings, but when they seem like a lot more than teen angst, it’s time to consider mental health evaluations. This could be a sign, especially if regularly occurring, that your child has mental health issues.
- Recent traumatic experience: Trauma has the power to trigger many mental health problems, like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Better safe than sorry.
- Substance abuse: Substance abuse–particularly if frequent–could be a sign of more than just caving to peer pressure. Teens often use substances as a coping mechanism for mental health issues.
- Isolating behavior: When a teen begins to isolate themselves from the outside world and loved ones, it may be a sign of a much larger issue like depression.
- Issues with daily functioning: If your child is frequently struggling with getting out of bed or going to school, this is a huge red flag that they may be suffering from a mental health issue.
All of the above signs are more than enough evidence to look into mental health evaluations for your child. Ignoring the issue and hoping it’s a phase doesn’t always work and may end up sending your child down a dangerous, harmful path.