Dear Amudim Family,
Teenagers are in a constant state of flux based on the formative life changes they are experiencing. Add in challenging external factors and we have the potential for pain and turmoil. But with the right empathy and guidance, we can see a child safely through to the other side.
Chani* reached out to Amudim for assistance with her 14 year-old daughter, Shira*, who had been struggling and showing signs of a downward spiral.
Until recently, Shira had been an average student with a healthy group of friends. Towards the end of last year, all of that changed. Shira’s grades began slipping and she fell in with the wrong crowd.
Chani and her husband thought that these changes were due to the pandemic, remote learning, and general anxiety about the situation. They tried giving Shira more time and attention, hoping that would help.
But the damaging behaviors continued. Shira became more defiant, stopped keeping Shabbos, began smoking pot and abu alcohol. Chani confided in a friend about her daughter’s struggles and she suggested that Chani call Amudim for assistance.
Our case manager performed a full intake and provided some much needed empathy and support. We referred Shira and her parents to an individual and family therapist. After a few sessions, Shira revealed that she had been experiencing anxiety, depression, and mood swings before last year; and the pandemic had only exacerbated Shira’s condition. Shira’s behaviors represented her struggle to cope.
Thankfully, we were able to get Shira started immediately with regular therapy sessions and referred her to a psychiatrist who prescribed medication that seems to be helping. Our case manager is also exploring the idea with Shira’s parents of finding a new school where she can get a fresh start-a place with smaller classes and more emotional support.
Chani and her husband are working to learn more effective techniques to parent a child with mental health issues.
This was a complex case with multiple layers; but we are hopeful that with continued support, Shira and her family can look forward to a more stable and happier future.
If you or someone you know is struggling, contact us
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.