Children and teens are vulnerable to numerous mental health conditions, and the average onset of symptoms often emerges during adolescence. Unfortunately, symptoms can often go untreated because parents may assume that their child is just going through a phase. In many cases, this isn't true. Untreated mental health issues can have devastating consequences on a child's self-esteem. Moreover, their mental health often correlates with the quality of their relationships, academic performance, and ability to cope with stress.
Learn more about some of the key issues I work on when offering mental health treatments for my child and adolescent clients.
Research shows that nearly 1 in 3 teenagers will have an anxiety disorder, and this statistic appears to be rising steadily.
Teens face enormous pressure — they want to succeed in school, fit in with their friends, and make their parents proud. Likewise, more recent stressors like online bullying, social media, school gun violence, and 24/7 access to news can heighten their sense of unease.
Anxiety can manifest itself in numerous ways. Some teens deal with it by avoiding certain situations (as is seen in cases of social anxiety). Others might try to numb their feelings with food, alcohol, drugs, or social media.
Even if your child once seemed confident, the teenage years can undoubtedly take a toll on their self-esteem. Adolescence is often characterized by awkward moments, difficult feelings, and interpersonal conflict.
Low self-esteem is a risk factor in numerous mental health conditions, and it can also affect your child’s overall emotional well-being.
The teenage brain is sensitive to immediate rewards, and it’s harder for young people to consider the consequences of their actions.
Teens feel the impact of social injustice, racism, and discrimination just like adults. And in some cases, they may feel even more isolated in their experiences (especially if they don't have the language to describe how they feel).
Teens with chronic illness can struggle with depression, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness — along with symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue. These symptoms can take a significant toll on your teen's life, even if they don't readily talk about how they feel.
Parental mental health issues not only impact your own well-being, but they can also affect your parenting. If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you might find that it’s harder to be patient or mindful with your kids and/or partner. You may be more irritable, angry, disconnected, or panicked. Or perhaps despite your best efforts to deal with your painful past, you find yourself thinking “I sound just like my parents.”
You don’t have to deal with this alone. Parenting is a difficult stage in life. Reach out today so you can be the parent you want to be. Explore my service offerings for weekly psychotherapy or short-term intensive trauma treatment.
Whether your child has behavioral issues, depression, or anxiety, I am here to help. I specialize in treating youth of all ages and their parents and caregivers.
I provide online therapy services throughout Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Bloomfield Hills, and the rest of Michigan.