Q. My 10-year-old daughter is in tears because a friend, age 15, is very ill and in need of surgery. The person with the illness is a family friend by way of an outside child. We have not really had much contact with the 15-year-old, but my daughter seems to have bonded with her. My daughter wants to visit, but because of the strained relationship issues, I am wary. Is it okay to visit?
A. It is quite okay to allow your daughter to visit a friend who is ill. Ensure that all adults in the situation are aware of the purpose of the visit. You will be teaching your daughter to care for others by doing this.
Q. My 17-year-old daughter has started college and is completely wasting time. She started in January due to financial difficulties. She did well in fifth form (nine subjects) and wanted to complete a degree in communications but now is unsure. I am afraid to waste any more money.
A. Guide your daughter to the career counselling department at the university she attends. The counselling professionals in that office will guide her towards maximising her potential. In the meanwhile, you should encourage her to complete the general education requirements at her university while she decides on her career path.
Q. Can a client walk in and see a psychiatrist or psychologist?
A. Yes, I am sure you can. However, you must remember that most professionals work with appointments and may have other plans after their scheduled time at one facility. It will be best for you to make an appointment. If there is a serious emergency that is related to a mental challenge, please visit the nearest hospital.
Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Dr Brown-Earle works with children with learning and behavioural problems throughout the island and in the Caribbean. Email questions to email@example.com or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always!