The Faces of Global Education Series- Children Emotional Anxiety DisordersOctober 9, 2018 10:31 am Leave your thoughts
A 14 year old teenager by the name of Teri lives with her Mom and her new husband, and several of his children, in a small Wyoming town with a population of 2000. Her first year in Wyoming she received a 4.0 grade average and was a regional Junior Olympic Track Team Star. During her summers she would train with an Olympic and World Record Holder.
During 8th Grade, she stopped going to school and did not venture out of her bedroom very often. In order to graduate, she was required to go to summer school to make-up days missed. She was not participating in any Track and Field Events.
Entering as a freshman in High School she still was not attending school or track and her behavior did not improve. Her biological Mom and Dad were forced to enrolled her in a school that has a residential program for Boys and Girls from ages 9 to 18, that have Mental Health and behavioral problems. It is an accredited school, with sports, and daily recreational therapy.
She receives individual, family, and group counseling from Licensed Mental Health Therapists. Teri’s parents talk to her once a week for now, and hopefully more often as she integrates more into the program. The first conversation with her was regulated to 5 minutes.
Teri was resentful for being there and not at her other school. Her Mom and Dad did most of the talking and let her know their love for her. In the conversation they made it clear that her future and length of stay depends on her behavior, and she can make a choice. Tough love.
NBC News reported in December 2017 that “Over 20% of Teenage Boys and Girls are affected by Mental, Emotional of Behavioral disorders and are the most common illnesses that children will experience under the age of 18.”
In this series we will examine and discuss progress and the over all state of American Children’s Mental Health issues including reports on what has led to this condition and treatment programs.
We will also follow Teri’s experience and treatment though this process
What role does social media play into these conditions?
What could Teri’s Mom and Dad tell her to help.
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