Parenting is difficult. Parenting when your child or teenager is struggling with a mental health disorder can be even more taxing - especially if you don’t have the latest mental health education. On this week’s Ask the Doctor LIVE, Dr. Domenick Sportelli provides just that.
Some highlights from this week’s call include:
- My 13 year old son has ADHD. What changes in his mental health should I expect and prepare for as he enters puberty and experiences the other life changes that come with being a teenager?
- What are some key strategies for supporting a teenager through a brand-new mental health diagnosis?
- Is there any value in parents sitting their kid down and explaining why a teenager might be experiencing mood swings or bursts?
- My 22-year-old cousin stopped drinking alcohol because she had an unhealthy relationship with the substance. If she successfully steps away from drinking for a “long enough” amount of time, can she ever start drinking again? When is complete abstinence necessary?
- My 12-year-old niece is growing up with a very authoritative father. She’s constantly anxious about getting scolded by him - her distress is obvious. How do different parenting styles affect children’s mental health? Is there one parenting style that works the best?
- What are the differences between the 4 types of parenting: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved?
- My boyfriend was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. How do I even begin to support him?
No matter what stage of the mental health journey your child or teenager is on, Dr. Dom has answers.