Teen Adolescent Counseling
We understand that the teenage years and adolescence can be hard. It can be difficult to deal with changes in your body, the emerging and sometime overwhelming feelings of sexuality, changes in self-identity, relationships, the pressure to perform, uncertainty about the future: to name just a few. Is it any wonder you’re having difficult coping?
Having someone to talk to outside of parents, teachers, and peers can be an invaluable resource for mental and emotional development.
Together, through understanding, compassion, and hard work, we can help you communicate, cope, and heal.
Teen Depression: It’s Not Just “A Phase”
Do you wonder whether your irritable, moody, unhappy adolescent might actually be teen depressed? Most teens feel unhappy at times. Add hormones to the mix, other changes happening in a teen’s life, it’s easy to see why their moods swing like a pendulum.
Your teen is probably not going to tell you that they are depressed but they may act out in ways that say they are. But findings show that 1 out of every 8 adolescents has teen depression.
Fortunately, teen depression can be treated as well as the serious problems that come with it.
How do you tell the difference? If your teen’s unhappiness lasts for more than two weeks and he or she displays other symptoms of depression, it may be time to seek help.
Symptoms of teen depression:
Depression is a serious mental illness that can last anywhere from four days to over a year depending on severity and treatment. If gone undiagnosed and untreated it can negatively affect the individuals’ ability to function on a daily basis. Issues arising in childhood and adolescence can carry on into adulthood and get worse over time.
Anxiety is a normal part of childhood, and every child goes through phases. A phase is temporary and usually harmless. But children who suffer from an anxiety disorder experience fear, nervousness, and shyness, and they start to avoid places and activities.
A child who sees a scary movie and then has trouble falling asleep or has a similar temporary fear can be reassured and comforted. But that is not enough to help a child with an anxiety disorder get past his or her fear and anxiety.
Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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The two questions all parents should ask themselves:
1.Is your child more shy or anxious more so than other children his or her age?
2. Is your child more worried than other children his or her own age?
If you answer ‘yes’ to either of these questions, then there’s a good chance that your child will go on to develop an anxiety disorder. Get Teen Adolescent Counseling before it does.
Red flags for anxiety include persistent stomach aches, reluctance to go to sleep or problems sleeping through the night in a separate room. Anxious children may refuse to attend birthday parties and sleepover or be unwilling to go on school field trips without a parent.
Left unchecked, anxiety disorders may lead to educational problems and increased risk of substance abuse, depression and other mental-health problems down the road.
If you suspect your child or teen maybe suffering from anxiety, you should have then talk to a professional.
The teenage years are an extremely difficult time. Negotiating changes in the body, the emerging and sometime overwhelming feelings of sexuality, changes in self-identity, relationships, the pressure to perform, uncertainty about the future: just to name a few! Add this to a brain that is not fully developed and is it any wonder your teen is having difficulty coping. Having someone to talk to outside of parents, teachers, and peers can be an invaluable resource for mental and emotional development. Especially for adolescents! Teen Adolescent Counseling can be invaluable.