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Maida Sierra
(304) 485-0082
3194 Core Rd
Parkersburg, WV
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Psychiatry

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Joseph P Norris
(304) 485-5185
3194 Core Rd
Parkersburg, WV
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Psychiatry

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Shibu Kuncheriah
(304) 422-7300
936 Market St
Parkersburg, WV
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Psychiatry

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Lance Morgan McCoy
(304) 428-1114
2801 Dudley Ave
Parkersburg, WV
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Psychiatry

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Worthington Center of Ohio
(740) 423-4225
2515 Washington Blvd
Belpre, OH
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Mental Health Professional

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Worthingon Center Inc
(304) 485-1883
4200 Emerson Ave
Parkersburg, WV
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Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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David K Walker
(304) 485-0082
3194 Core Rd
Parkersburg, WV
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Psychiatry

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Pyschological Assessment & Invention Services Inc
(304) 422-0997
1709 7th St
Parkersburg, WV
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Mental Health Professional

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Amelia R McPeak
(304) 485-1721
2121 7th St
Parkersburg, WV
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Psychiatry

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Twj
(304) 295-7192
2649 Grand Central Ave
Vienna, WV
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Mental Health Professional

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Adolescents and Mental Health

Topics - Parenting
Written by California Department of Mental Health   

Adolescents (12-18 years of age) are under the unique pressures of the teen years.

Unusual behavior may be related to the physical and psychological changes taking place. It is important to remember that this is a time when young people are often troubled by sexual identity and concerned with physical appearance, social status, parents' expectations and acceptance from peers. Young adults are establishing a sense of self-identity and shifting from parental dependence to independence.

A parent or concerned friend may have difficulty deciding what is "normal behavior" and what may be signs of emotional or mental problems. The checklist below should help you decide if a youth requires help. If more than one sign is present or persists over a long period of time, that may indicate a more serious problem:

  • Withdrawal from family, friends and normal activity.
  • Unexplained decline in school work and excessive absences.
  • Neglect of appearance.
  • Marked change in weight.
  • Running away.
  • Violent or rebellious behavior.
  • Physical symptoms with no apparent illness.
  • Drug or alcohol abuse.

In the Following Cases Immediate Help is Necessary

  • Hearing or seeing things that are not there.
  • Preoccupation with themes of death.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Threats of suicide.

Parents and friends can help a young person who may be experiencing these problems. Be a good listener. Let the youngster know why you are concerned. Encourage her/him to get help. If a decision is made to seek professional help, it is very important that the adolescent be aware of choices and be involved in making a plan. In more serious cases or crisis, it is important to get immediate assistance or crisis intervention.

Teachers, school counselors, physicians or peer support groups may be helpful. Mental health professionals are also available to assist with the evaluation of an adolescent's problems.

Choosing a Mental Health Professional for an Adolescent The mental health professional you choose for your adolescent should understand the unique problems of adolescence and be aware of cultural needs and backgrounds. You should feel comfortable with the therapist so that you can establish open communication, but your adolescent may not feel that way. In fact, your adolescent may be hostile to the mental health professional, because it is likely she/he wi...

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