Being a teenager is hard. It is a time of immense change – physical, emotional, social, hormonal, and intellectual. With the added stress of technology and social media, our teens are struggling to be emotionally and mentally healthy.
If your teen is experiencing anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and struggling with school and/or home, our therapists can provide support and coping skills to live a healthy and joyful life.
Common Reasons Teens Begin Counseling
- Sadness, hopelessness: What happened to my happy kid? No one is happy all the time, but has sadness become the de facto daily emotion for your teen? Have you noticed your teen breaking out into tears? Do insignificant matters seem huge? Are they telling you he/she doesn’t understand why they’re so unhappy?
- Irritability, anger, or hostility: Some of this is expected with a teenager. In fact, this can be expected from anyone. However, if these feelings start becoming more frequent, intense, or are unusual for your teen, it may be an indication there is a bigger problem.
- Withdrawal from friends or family: Does your teen spend more and more time in their room? Avoiding social situations? How often are they engaging with their peers or participating in family activities?
- Loss of interest in activities: Is your teen suddenly disinterested in playing in the band or signing up for soccer? Does he/she not want to do much of anything anymore?
- Poor school performance: Falling grades and difficultly concentrating can be a big sign that something is not right. It can be hard to focus on schoolwork if your teen is feeling depressed or anxious.
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits: Is your teen suddenly not interested in eating? Or the very opposite — is he/she going on food binges? Have you noticed your teen asleep at odd hours or up all night?