Dr Rupert Higgins
BMedSci (Hons); MD (UNSW); FRACGP
Acute IllnessAdolescent Mental HealthChild Health ServicesChronic Disease Prevention & ManagementHIV ManagementMental HealthSexual HealthSkin CancerTravel HealthWork Health
At Green Square Health, we understand that adolescence can be a challenging time, filled with emotional ups and downs. As a concerned parent or guardian, it’s essential to be aware of your teen’s mental health and seek assistance when necessary. A crucial first step in recognising and addressing mental health concerns in adolescents is visiting a general practitioner (GP).
It’s natural for adolescents to experience mood swings and temporary distress. However, if you notice persistent changes in your teen’s behaviour, emotions, or thoughts, it’s a sign that something more significant might be going on. Seeking medical advice from a GP is an excellent way to gain insights into your teen’s mental well-being and explore available treatment options.
We also help our adolescent patients understand that they can be in charge of their health. Where possible and appropriate we like to make time to speak to them one on one so they can be free to share things that might not be said when parents and caregivers are in the room. And then we have part of the consult together with everyone involved also for collateral history where appropriate.
Visiting a GP can provide your teen with practical guidance and support for managing their mental health. Our GPs are equipped to assist by:
Diagnosing mental health conditions in teenagers can be complex, as there can be multiple factors at play. It may take time before a GP can definitively diagnose a mental illness, as opposed to temporary emotional distress. Additional assessments by psychiatrists or psychologists may be recommended to gain a comprehensive understanding of your teen’s condition.
Here are some tips to ensure your teen gets the most out of their visit to our clinic:
At Green Square Health, we are proud to introduce Dr. Rupert Higgins, who has a special interest in adolescent mental health. With his expertise and dedication, Dr. Higgins is here to provide compassionate care and support to your teen during their mental health journey.
Booking an appointment with Dr. Rupert Higgins or any of our healthcare professionals is easy and convenient. You can book online via our website at www.gshealth.com.au. We understand that timely access to care is essential for your teen’s well-being, and our user-friendly online booking system makes it simple to schedule an appointment that suits your needs.
At Green Square Health, we understand that seeking help and support for adolescent mental health is essential. Here are some valuable resources and helplines where you can find assistance:
These resources are here to ensure that you and your teen have access to the help and guidance you need during challenging times. Remember, seeking support is a sign of strength, and there are professionals and organisations ready to assist you on your journey towards better mental health.
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