If your child is depressed or has other problems, find a mental health professional who can help him.
If your child is depressed or having other problems, get help. Sometimes your child may not want to tell you what's wrong. Or you may not be sure how to handle a problem. If that's the case, you may need outside help.
What is a mental health professional?
Different kinds of mental health professionals
Psychiatrists (sy-KAI-a-trists) are medical doctors. They study problems people have with their feelings, how they think and how they act. After medical school, psychiatrists get at least 5 more years of training.
Psychologists (sy-KOL-o-jists) aren't medical doctors, but they can also help your child. Psychologists can have these degrees: M.S. (master of science), Ph.D. (doctor of philosophy) or Psy.D. (doctor of psychology). After college, they do an internship in psychology before they can get a license.
Social workers do a 2-year program and an internship to get an M.S.W. (a master of social work) degree.
Social workers can:
Find a therapist who has worked with deaf people
You may run into some problems finding a good therapist for your child. For example, your insurance may limit whom your child can see. But try these places to find one:
What to look for
Talk with your child's therapist about how to find an interpreter. Your child's therapist should pay for the interpreter. And he can't charge you extra for the cost.
Learn more about finding a mental health professional