Your Teen Needs Someone To Talk To
Let’s face it–it’s tough to be a teen today. No longer children, but not yet adults, modern teens live in world that’s changing at a lightning fast pace.
Teens face different pressures than their parents had to deal with and are constantly bombarded with an abundance of conflicting information–and much of it doing more harm than good.
Teen Therapy today expands far beyond mental health disorders and provides a safe and healthy outlet to learn to better cope with their emotions, difficult situations, life skills, and making the best choices for their futures.
Different Times, Different Issues
Teens are suffering from severe anxiety at an alarming rate–more than ever before. What’s causing the surge in anxious teens? A few factors to consider when assessing the anxiety epidemic:
Electronics and Social Media
Electronics provide a constant distraction from reality and priorities. It’s easier to avoid uncomfortable feelings and situations with an electronic device at your fingertips. Accomplishing a task takes a lot longer, too, when you’re not fully focused and engaged.
Social media can be a source of happiness and connection for teens. The downside is that it also offers a constant source of judgment and self-comparison. The lives that others show the world can lead to some pretty unrealistic expectations.
For an anxious teen who’s feeling insecure to start with, to be reminded again and again of all of the wonderful happenings that you aren’t part of can take their toll over time.
Recent changes in society and educational institutions have fostered an environment that promotes reactivity instead of resilience.
Children learn about issues like bullying from a very young age — the focus being on identifying the bullying actions and the most common solution being to notify an adult.
This is useful information designed with good intentions, but what about teaching kids how to understand how to cope with the emotions that arise in these situations? And how to manage difficult situations like these?
Teaching coping skills creates resilient teens that are equipped to better handle the ups and downs of life.
The effects of devastating events like the tragic Parkland school shooting have sent ripples of grief, pain, fear, and confusion through our south Florida communities.
South Florida teens have struggled immensely to process the events and try to find some sense of normalcy and security after both were stripped away in the wake of this senseless crime.
Many teens continue to struggle with depression and and anxiety daily. Some will ask for help, while many others will not. While the schools are trying to provide more accessibility to counseling services, the resources are limited.
If your teen, or a teen you know, is exhibiting symptoms of depression, it’s critical to address the issue and promptly seek professional help.
Teen Depression Warning Signs:
Complaints of pains, including headaches, stomachaches, low back pain, or fatigue
Difficulty making decisions
Excessive or inappropriate guilt
Irresponsible behavior — for example, forgetting obligations, being late for classes, skipping school
Loss of interest in food or compulsive overeating that results in rapid weight loss or gain
Preoccupation with death and dying
Sadness, anxiety, or a feeling of hopelessness
Staying awake at night and sleeping during the day
Sudden drop in grades
Use of alcohol or drugs and promiscuous sexual activity
Withdrawal from friends
Getting Your Teen Into Therapy
Some teens may be willing, even eager, to come into therapy voluntarily–others may not. This is a situation that can be managed honestly and respectfully.
I encourage you to welcome your teen be part of the process of searching for a therapist. The therapeutic relationship can be even more of a make or break when working with teens.
Regardless of a therapist’s accolades, if the fit isn’t a good one, the chances of success are minimal.
Your teen is welcome to reach out to me via e-mail at email@example.com to ask any questions or chat about what counseling is all about.