Teens and Mental Health
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When it comes to mental health – stress, confusion, anxiety – all of which tend to ramp up during the teen years, our society seems more comfortable with a reactive approach. Many times, teens are medicated, and not taught why they feel a certain way, and what to do about it. Here are some definite signs your teen needs therapy, and possibly other interventions as well:
With the rise of social media, trauma has become a widely talked-about topic over the past several years. It seems that everyone is seeking to understand trauma, how it happens, where it comes from, and how to recover. There are many different types of trauma, and most people will experience at least one traumatic event during the course of their lives. There are several effective ways to treat trauma Find out about various treatments on the blog
Can you remember what it was like being a teenager? The somewhat terrifying intensity of new emotions, the highs and lows – the pressure – all the growth? Adolescence is one of the hardest stages of human development. It’s a time of rapid physical and emotional change, compounded by academic and societal expectations. Teenagers now have social media to contend with as well, making it even more confusing and challenging. Find out the signs and how to help.
Though it is a difficult subject to talk about, understanding and recognizing the symptoms of depression and suicidal thinking is incredibly important. A sense of hopelessness is one of the most common indicators of suicidal thinking across all age ranges. People who express that they feel a sense of helplessness may be at higher risk of depression or suicidal thinking, and it’s important for them to get help.
Kids live the majority of their life online — at school, and at home. There are devices in nearly every classroom and bedroom. It’s estimated that over ninety percent of teenagers between the ages of 13 - 17 have social media accounts. A great deal of socializing and connection occurs on these platforms, and as you might know — it’s not always the good kind. Being able to discuss their online world with an experienced counsellor is a vital component of the support system for a child or teen.
When helping your child through anxiety and depression, don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance and support- for your child and for yourself. Approximately 20 percent of American adolescents, ages 13-17, struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Determining the difference between teen angst and teens with anxiety and depression can be a fine line, but there are some significant cues and symptoms that are tell-tale signs. Find out the Signs and Symptoms of Teen Anxiety and Depression
It is essential that we are aware of and talk about the effects these measures have on our youth’s mental health, now and for many years to come. Warning signs of poor or unstable mental health in the youth population - anyone kindergarten through college-age - include excessive sleep, not wanting to leave their room, no longer wanting to participate in activities they used to enjoy, and loss of appetite or change in eating patterns.
Ask anyone you know if they would want to relive their teenage years if they could and the answer will almost always be no. It’s not that being a teenager wasn’t fun and exciting and full of adventure, because it was, it’s just that hormones, high school, and big decisions during that time combine to make our teenage years some of the most challenging we will experience.