The issues surrounding health and how to receive quality healthcare during this pandemic has proved challenging. While there are many effective alternatives for receiving care, the pandemic has further shown how much more work needs to be done for those struggling from behavioral disorders. If you are a parent with a child who suffers from behavioral and mental disorders, it might feel that getting them the care they need is not yet a reasonable option, leaving you feeling tired, stressed, and hopeless.
For you and your child who struggles from behavioral and skill-related disorders, you each likely feel the weight of every day of the pandemic. When your child cannot control their emotions or attain the care they need, this could diminish your child’s ability to regulate negative emotions, leading to feelings of anxiety, depression, and even suicide. While your child might have suffered from these behavioral deficiencies before the pandemic, the pandemic has likely perpetuated their response, and this reinforces how important it is for mental health professionals and mental health awareness to make these disorders a priority now and after the pandemic.
Current Practices and Options
There are options to work with professionals, doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists. These relationships are an attempt to help you work with your child to create trust, boundaries, and contribute to their overall feeling of safety and wellbeing—for both you and your child. However, sometimes certain treatments and practices that work for one child do not work for another. So you might find yourself moving from one doctor to the next in an attempt to find somebody who can give you the right kind of treatment. It is not to suggest that no therapist or psychiatrist can treat your child, but some experts say that perhaps your child’s condition exceeds the health clinician’s knowledge and training. This means that their practice and technique might not consider modern alternative approaches.
The failure of a child to improve has placed parents and clinicians under scrutiny. Recent studies have shown that the difference between a child improving their behavior is not whether they are willing, but more so if they can learn to improve. The miscommunication could be the lack of knowing how the child behaves and when they behave this way. Much like minding your own emotions, tracking your child’s behavior and what may trigger a negative response is essential because you can then give your child the tools to use when it is most useful for them. This helps to curb your child’s emotions and energies. For example, by having them exercise or participate in a physical activity before they reach an outburst, you can perhaps start to channel that energy away from the negative response.
Telehealth has been able to reach and treat millions during the pandemic. It is not only available around the clock, but it has had an overall positive response from patients who need it the most during the pandemic. For children who lack the skills to communicate verbally, it presents some challenges. Often, there are play therapy rooms designed to help the child learn from other children and their behavior. Without such interactions, it might become difficult to replicate this kind of socialization. However, you may create a similar setting for the child and have them interact with items while a psychiatrist or therapist mediates the session.
The lack of research and perhaps outdated practices have placed many parents and health clinicians under great scrutiny when the child acts out and displays no apparent improvement. However, the parent and the clinician are only as good as the knowledge and resources provided. More children suffer from behavioral disorders, not because of their parents or doctors, but because there is a shortage of qualified professionals to treat them. It is reported that there are only about 8,300 child and adolescent psychiatrists, while the need for these kinds of specialists exceeds 40,000. Often a parent might seek someone less qualified to treat their child, like a pediatrician who does not specialize in child psychology.
The cost of care to properly treat a child affected by behavioral disorders might not be provided by both their health care provider and their community. Many mental health providers have discontinued working with insurance networks because of the low rates of reimbursement. This has caused families to explore options that are not designed to properly treat the child. Some parents have had to admit their children to inpatient psychiatric hospitalization to treat an urgent matter. These hospitalizations could sometimes last days before your child can get back to their comfortable surroundings. However, with appropriate care, the child could have spent those days in comfort at home. The price tag for such stays often causes families to hold out for a more affordable option, which can delay their child’s treatment.
Training and Acceptance
Implementing treatment practice among more clinicians could begin to improve the kind of care that your child is receiving. This includes mental illness, behavior, and options for families to get therapy. Also, more qualified clinicians would perhaps curb families having to pay high amounts for care because their insurance would cover treatment for some of these clinicians. The training would also create more awareness, thus beginning to reduce the number of stigmas surrounding mental illness. Hopefully, if a scenario such as this were to be carried out, there would be as much mental health care available as there is medical care.
Mental health care and treatment options still have a long way to go. Hopefully, the challenges to mental health presented by the pandemic will help these matters be re-evaluated and taken more seriously post-pandemic. While Telehealth is a great way to get medical treatment, it is not yet able to overcome all the challenges of needing in-person appointments. However, Telehealth options can offer the necessary measures to provide a safe and controlled setting that will help your child receive the care they need and protect them from the harm presented by the pandemic. Remember, despite current times, you are never out of options because True Recovery offers 24/7 care that is proactive in finding the care you need. We continue to evolve our approaches to treatment amid the pandemic to maintain the quality of care that all patients need. Don’t ever feel that there is no hope, call us today at (866) 399-6528.