believe she is having some problems, you could have her see a psychologist
for a diagnostic interview to determine if further treatment is necessary.
I hope this helps.
Probably of equal importance, assure that your daughter is establishing strong relationships with very stable friends, the number of friends isn't as critical as the quality of friends. Be optimistic about your daughter.
Teen years are tough for adults as well:), they often times bring up different issues from the parents' own teen years and it may be a good idea for the parent to consult with a psychologist to guide them during this time. It can allow you a sounding board, to know when and if your being overly concerned is justified or no reason for concern.
to discuss. If you were to see someone, start with a psychologist. A
psychiatrist generally does not do therapy and can prescribe medication.
Jian Kang MD FAAP
This reply is for informational purposes only and does not constitute treatment.
The teen years are indeed very tough. Most adults shudder at the idea of going back to revisit them. While hard, most folks get through them OK. Given that you don't have any specific concerns at the moment, the first step might be to have some talks with your daughter about how she feels she is doing and any of the challenges you are concerned for her.
If she feels OK and up to challenges of being 14, then getting out in front of things might not be necessary. You could also contact a local adolescent(teen) psychiatrist to ask for a consultation visit to discuss your concerns. A more detailed and in-person consultation could provide a place to voice your concerns to a professional and see if they feel an appointment for your daughter would be helpful.
Todd Koser, Psy.D.
NJ & PA Licensed Psychologist