It’s normal for teens to struggle during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. One of the biggest steps for many is applying to colleges. Since choosing a school and a major are such important life decisions, many teens feel enormous pressure during this time. Even when your student decides on a university, it’s not unheard of for them to struggle to make other important decisions too.
If your teen struggles during the college application and admissions process, come to NeuroHealth Arlington Heights. We offer college application and admissions consulting for teens in the Chicago, Illinois, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, area.
Get Help With College Admissions
The college application and admission process is often long, complicated, and difficult, especially if your teen has mental health challenges. For example, the SAT and ACT tests make most teenagers anxious, especially since they demand so much time and preparation. However, if your teen already has an anxiety disorder, these tests can seem impossible.
If your teen needs help to cope with the pressures and demands of choosing and applying for colleges, contact NeuroHealth AH and talk to our college application consultants. Our counselors can help your teen understand exactly what’s being asked of him or her and how to meet colleges’ requirements. With our help, your teen can navigate the admissions process with confidence, setting him or her up for future success.
Support Your Teen
NeuroHealth AH has served the Chicago and Arlington Heights, Illinois, community for over 20 years. Our mental health professionals successfully work with children, teens, and adults, resulting in great outcomes for entire families. We’re proud to provide your teen with college application and admissions consulting.
If you or a family member faces behavioral, emotional, social, neurocognitive, or neurodevelopmental problems, reach out to us. You can learn about our professionals on our staff page. If you’d like an appointment, contact us online or call 847-499-1604 to speak with us. With our help, your family can move towards healing as soon as possible, so call us today.
Dr. Laurie Phillips
Dr. Laurie Phillips is the founder of NeuroHealth. Dr. Philipps’ areas of expertise include pediatric and adult psychological, neuropsychological, and forensic assessment, as well as treatment and case management of pediatric and adult autism-spectrum disorders, learning disorders, developmental disorders, neurologic disorders, anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar disorders, and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Phillips is particularly qualified to help students due to her background as a dean and she specializes in direct school consultation and advocacy for patients at NeuroHealth. She assists children, adolescents, and their families in obtaining and retaining 504 Accommodation Plans, as well as Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in both public and private school settings. She also provides direct school advocacy for students whose special education needs require a Private Therapeutic Day School Placement.
Mental Health Disorders
While not all teens enter into their formative college years with a pre-existing mental health issue, they are more at risk to develop one or possibly several while attending college. The two most common disorders in college students are depression and anxiety. The high-stress environment of college and the college application procedure is enough to make anyone anxious, especially if they are new to the process. Some other disorders common in college students include, but are not limited to eating disorders, self-injury, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and sleep issues.
How to Recognize the Signs
Recognizing the signs of a mental health disorder in your child is not always easy. How do you tell the difference between a clinically depressed student and a student who is just going through a tough time? Everyone has days where they feel off or less than motivated to tackle the daily stressors of life, but most people are able to bounce back in short order. If your teen seems to struggle for weeks at a time and not just a few days here and there, NeuroHealth AH is here to help.
Common indicators of depression include:
- no longer enjoying tasks or activities they once used to
- inability to get out of bed
- sleeping for excessive periods of time or not sleeping at all
- no longer attending classes or social events
- extreme prolonged anger or sadness over things happening in their life
- thinking or talking about death and suicide
If you think your teen may be showing signs of depression, don’t hesitate to call and book an appointment with our seasoned professionals and college application counselors at NeuroHealth Arlington Heights.
Consequences of Disorders
As a family practice, NeuroHealth provides many different psychological services to the affected students and their families. The consequences of mental health disorders do not only affect the student but the people around them too. Without proper recognization and treatment, the situation will only decline.
Untreated or undiagnosed mental health disorders may have long-lasting effects on your teen, and can possibly hinder their future goals. While not only the affected student suffers, they are the ones who feel the biggest impact in their day-to-day lives. Your teen may experience a lower grade point average or experience a consistent inability to focus or become motivated. These experiences can negatively impact their social and emotional development, their overall college experience, and the possibility of employment in the future.
Experienced Professionals You Can Trust
For most, college means new freedoms and new opportunities. For some, this can be an overwhelming sensation and can lead to poor decisions. These experiences can either serve as a wake-up call and set your teen down the right path or can lead to an overall decline in their quality of life, especially if they are struggling with one or several mental health issues. Don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment today with our experienced professionals at NeuroHealth.
When you make an appointment with NeuroHealth AH, you can rest assured that only a professional with a master’s or doctorate degree will perform your tests. With over 25 years of experience in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, NeuroHealth is ready, prepared, and more than willing to help your student succeed in any and all chapters of their life. We also provide college admissions counseling, college application help, college application consultants and application counselors. Contact us today, and let us help you and your family.