Dr. Shannon explains how you can advocate for your child’s psychological disorder at the doctor's office.
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Advocating for Your Child at the Psychologist's Office How Can Women Advocate For Their Child’s Mental Health At The Doctor’s Office? Doctor Scott Shannon: I think it’s very useful if a mom has a set of values about what she feels is important in treatment. She may say, “I would prefer natural approach to treating my child” or “I’d like to minimize the use of medications in my child” or “I’d like to find as many possible effective tools to help my child and not limit it to a narrow approach.” I think it’s really useful to understand that when you’re in a doctor’s office, you are hiring them to help you and you’re in charge. You make the decisions. If you’re feeling like you’re not being validated, listened to, acknowledged or really understood in a deep way, then it’s okay to ask questions, to disagree and to fire your current provider if you can’t reach resolution. And don’t feel locked in with the current provider because there are many different providers out there. Particularly in the mental health field, we see a huge range of personalities and styles and there’s going to be a style that fits for you and your beliefs and your values. So, if you’re finding like you’re not being heard, that you don’t like the treatment approach or you’re feeling it’s ineffective for some reason and realize that you can take charge and make changes. What Inspires You To Help Children And Families With Their Mental Health? Doctor Scott Shannon: Well, when I see the love that a mother has for the child, that is profoundly inspiring and I also realize that mothers are the experts on their children. I can commit as a consultant but I’m not the expert on a child’s life. The mother knows that child so much better than me. And so, what I try to do is offer parents tools to help them unlock this knowledge and use it very effectively to help their child thrive, blossom and reach their full potential.