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Young people’s services at Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, our specialist psychiatrists and psychologists are driven by the principle that the mental wellbeing of a young person is just as important as their physical health. Untreated psychiatric problems in young people have the potential to cause a range of devastating psychological and developmental problems.

The symptoms of mental health difficulties in young people can be even more distressing than in adults, because often, a young person may not understand what is happening to them, or why they are experiencing such troubling and confusing symptoms. In addition, young people often do not receive timely diagnosis or support for their psychiatric problems, because they are less able to describe how they are feeling in the same way as adults. Therefore, young people can be misunderstood as simply being disruptive or badly behaved as opposed to experiencing real psychological difficulties.

At Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, we are committed to providing fast access to our high quality services for young people. Our flexible outpatient appointments mean that young people can access expert psychological treatment that fits in with their school and college commitments, and we pride ourselves on offering a friendly and welcoming environment for each and every one of our young patients.

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

Some of the initial signs that a young person may be experiencing mental health difficulties include:

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Repeated angry outbursts
  • Deliberate violations of rules and norms
  • Irritability
  • Evidence of self-harm
  • 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 professional psychological help, psychiatric problems in young people can result in a number of negative consequences including:

  • Social isolation
  • Relationship breakdowns
  • Expulsion from school or academic failure
  • Thoughts of harming yourself
  • Being in trouble with the law

Specialist treatment for young people at Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai

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

We are able to provide a wide array of established treatment methods at Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, all of which are individually tailored to meet the individual needs and requirements of each young person in our care. Our dedication to providing a truly bespoke treatment experience ensures that the unique challenges faced by our young patients are addressed by the most appropriate specialist for their needs. Our aim is to improve wellbeing and allow our young patients to resume the happy and healthy childhood that they deserve.

What causes mental health problems in young people?

Some of the potential causes of psychiatric problems in young people 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 e.g. caring for a relative

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 2019, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in March 2021. 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.