Teen Therapy (14 & up)
Adjustment Disorder is a type of stress-related mental illness. It is a short-term condition that occurs when a person has great difficulty coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress. Some sources include marriage, divorce, moving, end of a relationship, starting school or staring a new job. You may feel anxious or depressed, or normal daily routines may feel overwhelming. In essence, you are having a hard time adjusting to changes in your life, and are experiencing serious consequences.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a genetic brain disorder that impacts the brain’s executive functioning skills such as: attention, memory, concentration, motivation, hyperactivity, impulsivity, organization, social skills, effort, and one’s ability to learn from their own mistakes made. Girls are less likely than boys to be diagnosed, and treated for ADHD. This leads us to believe that boys are about three times more likely than girls to have it. In reality, symptoms are often overlooked. Historically more attention is given to the hyperactive boys with behavioral disruptions, and academic impairment. Common treatments are medication management services with a combination of psychotherapy. This helps balance out the chemical imbalances in the brain, to teach coping, social skills, and to manage living with the uniquely designed ADHD brain.
Academic underachievement often significantly impacts the student’s feelings about him/herself, and hopes for the future. Professional counseling helps your child cope with, and overcome low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression due to academic challenges. Counseling can also help assess for barriers within the academic setting that may be impacting academic performance such as: social/emotional developmental delays, cognitive delays, and bullying. Professional counseling can help you get past blaming, and feelings of helplessness in assisting your teen to achieve better academic results.
Anxiety is really just a form of stress. It can be experienced in many different ways in teens, for example physically, emotionally, and in the way, teens view the world around them. Today teens deal with body image issues, school shootings, police violence, cyber bullying, terrorist attacks, and so much more. Anxiety mainly relates to worry about what might happen or worrying about things going wrong or feeling like you’re in some kind of danger. Anxiety can affect a teen’s grades, development, social and family life.
Depression is a type of mood disorder. A main indicator is when kids are sad, discouraged, or upset for weeks, months, or even longer. Another sign a child might have depression is negative thinking. This includes focusing on problems that are mostly critical and self-critical. This can impact energy levels, concentration, sleep, and eating habits. Children with depression may lose interest in school, seem tired, give up easily, or withdraw from friends or family.
Everyone feels sad, excited or angry sometimes. When teens feel too good, too mad, or too sad, they might have a mood disorder. A mood disorder is an illness of the brain. The feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of mood disorders can cause problems in a teen’s life. What causes mood disorders is up for debate, however research points to biological and environmental factors. Since there are chemicals in the brain that are responsible for positive moods. Mood disorders very well may be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. With the help of environmental factors, such as unexpected life events and/or chronic stress once can see how moods can fluctuate.
In teens with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), there is an ongoing pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behavior toward authority figures that seriously interferes with their daily functioning. Symptoms of ODD may include frequent temper tantrums, often questioning rules, deliberate vindictive/spiteful behaviors towards others, inability to accept accountability for their behaviors, easily annoyed, and excessive arguing with adults. The cause of oppositional defiant disorder is unknown, but likely involves a combination of genetic, and environmental factors.
All teenagers misbehave to some degree, and test their limits. Some may have temporary behavioral problems as a response to high levels of stress or life changes such as: the birth of a sibling, a divorce, or a death in the family. Conduct disorder, however is a bit more serious. This involve a pattern of hostile, aggressive, or disruptive behaviors for more than 6 months. The behavior is also not appropriate such as: cruelty to animals, fighting, and bullying, arson, vandalism, shoplifting, lying, truancy, and running away from home. It should be noted that behaviors that fall within this category fall beyond normal teenage rebellious behaviors as they often violate societal norms and the rights of others.