Teen Adolescent Counseling
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. Emerging and sometime overwhelming feelings of sexuality. Changes in self-identity. Dealing with relationships. The pressure to perform. Uncertainty about the future. 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.
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 more likely to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in risk taking behaviors.
Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
With treatment and support, your child can learn how to successfully manage the symptoms of an anxiety disorder and live a normal childhood.
Teen / Adolescent Depression: It’s Not Just “A Phase”
Do you wonder whether your irritable, moody, unhappy teen / adolescent might actually be depressed? Most teens feel unhappy at times. Then add hormones to the mix. Coupled that with other changes happening in a teen’s life and it’s easy to see why their moods swing like a pendulum.
However your teen is probably not going to tell you that they are depressed. They may act out in ways that say they are. But findings show that 1 out of every 8 adolescents teen have depression.
Symptoms of teen depression:
- Complaints of pains, including headaches, stomachaches, low back pain, or fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty making decisions
- Excessive or inappropriate guilt
- Irresponsible behavior — for example, forgetting obligations, being late for classes, skipping school
- Rapid weight loss or gain
- Memory loss
- Preoccupation with death and dying
- Rebellious behavior
- Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
- Staying up all night & sleeping all day
- Sudden drop in grades
- Use of alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
Withdrawal from friends
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 risky behavior, 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.