Young People's Mental Health Treatment Clinic in Dubai and Abu Dhabi | Priory Group

Young people’s services at Priory Wellbeing Centres

Mental health difficulties don’t just affect adults; in fact, they’re becoming more and more common in children and young people. There’s no doubt that growing up can be an emotional rollercoaster for many young people. Youngsters can face lots of different highs and lows during their childhood as well as unique issues which can be related to a whole range of areas of their life, including:

  • School
  • Bullying
  • Cyber bullying
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Social media
  • Peer pressure
  • Puberty
  • Sexuality

Young people who struggle with their emotions may end up developing a long-term mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, stress and eating disorders.

Without treatment, mental health problems in young people can become worse and can cause a number of psychological and developmental problems. That’s why it’s so important to reach out for help if you’re worried a child may be struggling with their mental wellbeing. Specialist support is available for young people in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi can help them take steps towards recovery and wellbeing.

Why can mental health problems be more difficult to spot in young people, compared to adults?

Mental health difficulties may be more difficult to diagnose in young people than in adults because:

  • They may be less able to describe how they are feeling in the same way as adults
  • It can be difficult for a parent or carer to spot when a child’s behaviour is related to a mental health condition, and when they may need specialist support

Therefore, young people can be misunderstood as simply being disruptive or badly behaved as opposed to experiencing real psychological difficulties.

The symptoms of mental health challenges in young people can also be more distressing than in adults, because the young person might not understand what’s happening to them or why they’re feeling the way they do.

This is why it’s so important to seek support as soon as possible, so the young person can start to tackle their problems and take steps towards recovery.

Outpatient treatment for young people in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

At our Priory Wellbeing Centres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, our specialist psychiatrists and psychologists believe the mental wellbeing of a young person is just as important as their physical health. We deliver comprehensive treatment for young people on a flexible outpatient basis, helping them to get back on track and achieve positive mental wellbeing.

Outpatient help for young people’s mental health issues ensures:

  • Flexible and convenient consulting hours, which fit in with young people’s school and college commitments
  • Fast access to high quality therapy
  • Complete confidentiality and discretion
  • Treatment from skilled experts
  • Online therapy

At Priory, we can also help our young patients learn coping strategies for the future and help them resolve any underlying problems which could be making their mental health worse. We pride ourselves on offering a friendly and welcoming environment for each and every one of our patients – young people really are in safe hands with us and it’s so important that they get the support they need.

What are the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in young people?

Some of the signs that a young person may be struggling with their mental health include:

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Repeated angry outbursts
  • Deliberate violations of rules and norms
  • Irritability
  • Decline in academic performance
  • Inability to attend school or college
  • Trouble making and keeping friends
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Flat affect (reduced emotional reactivity)
  • Persistent sadness and feelings of hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headaches and stomach aches

What are the long-term effects of mental health issues in young people?

Without psychological help, psychiatric problems in young people can have a number of negative consequences including:

  • Social isolation
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Academic and behavioural problems at school
  • Thoughts of harming themselves
  • Being in trouble with the law

Children’s therapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

It’s important for young people to understand they’re not alone if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition and the most crucial first step is to seek help.

Our child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other mental health experts have lots of experience in treating young people for mental health issues. We can provide a wide range of tried and tested treatment methods both of our clinics in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, helping the young people we support to get back on track. All of the treatment we provide is bespoke and flexible, meaning that the young people in our care can achieve the best possible outcomes for them.

Our aim is to improve wellbeing and allow our young patients to return to the happy and healthy childhood they deserve.

What causes mental health problems in young people?

There are lots of potential causes of mental health problems in young people. These may include:

  • Discrimination and/or bullying
  • Abuse
  • Exam stress
  • Having educational difficulties
  • Peer pressure
  • Body image issues
  • Traumatic events such as the death of a loved one
  • Having a parent with a mental health condition
  • Having parents who separate or divorce
  • Having a long-term physical illness
  • Homelessness or living in poverty
  • Having to take on adult responsibilities at a young age e.g. caring for a relative

How to get help for young people’s mental health issues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Priory have been supporting young people in the UAE since 2017, at our specialist clinic in Dubai, We have recently opened a second Wellbeing Centre in Abu Dhabi. We now offer expert help for young people in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, at the following locations:

Dubai

Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai
Dubai Healthcare City
Al Razi Building 64
Block F, Ground Floor
Out Metha Road
Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Priory Wellbeing Centre Abu Dhabi (opening soon)
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street
Al Bateen
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Get help for a young person today

If you’re worried about the mental health of a young person, it’s important to recognise that they don’t have to struggle. Mental health problems in young people are entirely treatable and at Priory, we can help them every step of the way towards addressing their issues, learning coping methods for the future, and taking steps towards the healthy and happy childhood they deserve.

For further information call today on: (+971) 4 245 3800 or submit an enquiry form in confidence. We will provide you with details on all our treatments and offer help on how to manage your mental health at a time that suits you.

Maartje Suijskens, Counsellor

This page was clinically reviewed by Maartje Suijskens (BSc, MSc Educational Science, PMSc Mental Health, Counsellor DHCC) in March 2021, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in March 2023. Maartje is a Dutch-trained registered healthcare psychologist and clinical child, family and special education professional. She has 6 years of experience in psychological and educational assessment and therapy. Maartje provides psychological counselling/therapy, in both English and Dutch, for children, adolescents, adults and the families of those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. View Maartje's full profile here.