Helping Adult Child

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Supporting a Grown Child with Mental Illness

Parenting grown children with mental illness requires understanding, patience, and support. At Life Adjustment Team, we assist parents in navigating their adult children’s mental health struggles with compassion and guidance. Parents often face fears, uncertainties, and a range of emotions, from worry to frustration. Challenges include supporting their child while respecting their autonomy, advocating for treatment, and managing their own well-being. Seeking support through groups, therapy, or professional assistance is crucial for coping and effectively supporting a grown child with mental illness.

Navigating Mental Illness in Family

How to Approach Your Child

Parents should pay attention to any significant changes in their grown child’s behavior or functioning and seek professional help if they observe concerning symptoms.

Choose the Right Time

Timing is crucial when initiating conversations about mental health. Look for moments when your child is relaxed and receptive, such as during a quiet evening at home or during a leisurely walk. Avoid discussing sensitive topics during times of stress or conflict.

Express Empathy

Start the conversation by expressing empathy and understanding towards your child’s emotions. Use phrases like “I can see that you’re going through a tough time” or “It sounds like you’re feeling overwhelmed.” This helps your child feel heard and validated.

Listen Actively

Active listening involves not only hearing what your child is saying but also understanding their perspective. Maintain eye contact, nod in agreement, and provide verbal affirmations like “I understand” or “That must be really difficult.” Avoid interrupting or offering unsolicited advice.

Avoid Judgment

It’s essential to create a safe and non-judgmental space for your child to express themselves. Refrain from criticizing their thoughts or behaviors, even if you disagree with them. Instead, focus on validating their feelings and experiences.

Offer Support

Let your child know that you’re there to support them unconditionally. Reassure them that you’re willing to help them navigate their challenges and find solutions together. Offer hugs or comforting gestures to convey your physical support.

Encourage Professional Help

While you can provide emotional support, it’s essential to recognize the limitations of your role. Encourage your child to seek professional assistance from therapists, counselors, or mental health professionals who can offer specialized support and guidance.

Respect Boundaries

Respect your child’s boundaries and avoid pushing them to share more than they’re comfortable with. Let them dictate the pace of the conversation and reassure them that they can open up whenever they’re ready. Creating a safe and non-threatening environment encourages openness and honesty.

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Discover a range of tailored mental health treatments designed to support your unique needs. Our programs focus on comprehensive care to help you achieve well-being and balance.


Our comprehensive programs provide support and effective strategies for individuals struggling with depression.

Anxiety Disorders

Our programs are meticulously crafted to offer assistance to individuals dealing with a variety of anxiety disorders.


We offer evidence-based therapies tailored to the unique needs of individuals with schizophrenia.

Social Phobias

Our specialized programs help individuals manage and overcome various social phobias.

Bipolar Disorder

We empower clients with bipolar disorder through personalized, evidence-based treatment plans.

Panic Disorders

Our treatment options include effective strategies for managing and alleviating panic disorders.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

We provide tailored programs to support individuals in coping with and recovering from PTSD.


Structured therapies designed to assist individuals with various types of personality disorders.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Structured therapies designed to assist individuals with borderline personality disorder.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

We offer targeted treatment plans for effectively managing and reducing the impact of OCD on daily life.

Substance Abuse

Tailored programs to support individuals in overcoming and recovering from substance use disorders with our IOP program.

Mental Health

We offer specialized programs to help individuals manage co-occurring mental health disorders with our IOP program.

Empowering Long-Lasting Change

Over 45 Years of Leading Mental Illness Treatment

At Life Adjustment Team, we understand the unique challenges faced by parents of adult children dealing with mental illnesses. That’s why we offer a range of services designed to provide support, guidance, and assistance to both adult children and their parents.

Accredited and Certified Treatment

Life Adjustment Team is committed to excellence in mental healthcare, achieving accreditation from The Joint Commission and exceeding licensing standards. Our dedication to client success has also led to valuable affiliations with leading organizations.

Certified by the State Department of Health Care Services. DHCS Dates of certification: 12/01/2016 - current Facility Number: 190820AP Effective Date: 12/01/2022
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At LAT, we provide top-notch, evidence-based care. With 45 years of success and a team with 160+ years of combined experience, we’ve helped thousands get their lives on track. Trust our outpatient treatment and rehabilitation. Schedule a meeting today and let us help you make the right treatment choices.

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Marina del Rey, CA 90292

The Life Adjustment Team provides effective in-home structure and support systems that empower patients to live stable, active and productive lives using evidence-based treatment concepts for successful rehabilitation and recovery.

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