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Teenagers often feel caught between childhood and adulthood, and are struggling to find their own identity while undergoing rapid physical, emotional and intellectual growth and change. Therapy with adolescents often integrates both play therapy and talk therapy, and is tailored around each adolescent’s particular needs and capacity. Although adolescents can use words to convey themselves a lot better than younger children, they still have some difficulty articulating themselves.

Anxiety and depression often manifest differently for young people than they do for adults. If your child is having a hard time with their behavior at home, at school or with friends, or if they are having a hard time transitioning from one activity to another, they may be expressing unspoken concerns and fears.

Additional signs that your child may benefit from therapy may include:

  • Difficulties at school, either with teachers, peers or academics.

  • Sudden changes in mood or behavior.

  • Difficulties with sleeping, eating or going to the bathroom.

  • Irritability, difficult “temper tantrums”, excessive anger or aggression.

  • Sad or scary dreams, nightmares, or fantasies.

  • Preoccupation with ideas, thoughts or feelings that seem inappropriate to their age.

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Teen Mental Health

April 11, 2018

Being a teenager is hard. You're under stress to be liked, do well in school, get along with your family, and make big decisions. You can't avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But feeling very sad, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem.

Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

April 11, 2018

Adolescents today have a reputation for being more fragile, less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up. Sometimes they're called spoiled or coddled or helicoptered. But a closer look paints a far more heartbreaking portrait of why young people are suffering. 

April 11, 2018

A new report is painting a bleak picture when it comes to teens’ mental health, as well as their access to professional support for those issues.

Data published by the nonprofit Mental Health America shows that rates of severe youth depression have increased from 5.9 percent to 8.2 percent over a five-year period. Half of those screened between the ages of 11 and 17 reported having thoughts of suicide or self-harm throughout the course of a week.

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