Some come in wearing so many bangled bracelets I can barely see their elbow. Some come in wearing their beanie hats every week – even in 103 degree weather. And some come in wearing their boyfriend’s hoodie or a special piece of jewelry from a girlfriend.
They all make me smile.
Getting to work with teenagers is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Really! There’s something magical about the transition from child to young adult and I feel privileged to take part in the process.
Most teens (or their parents) seek therapy for signs of anxiety and/or depression. The following symptoms could be a sign that your teen is depressed:
- Sleep or appetite disturbances (either too little or too much)
- Low energy
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Social withdrawal/isolation
- Moody, irritable, or angry
- Seems sad or exhibits few facial expressions
- Poor concentration or focus = deteriorating academic performance
- Resorts to drug use in attempts to elevate mood or escape
If your teen is having problems with anxiety, you may notice:
- Excessive fears or worries
- Hypervigilance – feeling on edge, trouble sleeping
- Higher level of motor activity – shakiness, restlessness
- Other physical changes such as shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, and/or dry mouth.
Some teens resort to self-harm measures which can include cutting, eating disorders, or even a suicide attempt. Mostly, they want to be heard and understood – just like us adults. While going to a parent with a problem would be ideal, some teenagers need the support and guidance that an objective, nonjudgmental third party can give. That’s where teen therapy can come in. Support can be offered, insights made, and behaviors improved. If this is what you’d like to see happen with your teen, please contact me at (916) 622-3996 for a free, 15 minute phone consultation.
I’d love to get to know your teen!