Adolescents

Adolescents

The adolescent years are a time of growth and change both physically and emotionally. During puberty, changes in levels of adolescents’ hormones can affect their moods and their responses to situations. As many as one in five adolescents may have an identifiable emotional disorder that requires treatment.

Some of the behavioral signs that your adolescent may need counseling include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Problems in school
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty controlling aggressiveness or anger
  • Sadness or depression over a period of time
  • Uninterested in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Experiencing bullying from peers or classmates
  • Thoughts about suicide or hurting others
  • Running away
  • Stealing
  • Changes in sleeping patterns for no apparent reason
  • Lying
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in eating patterns for no apparent reason
  • Obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors
  • Difficulty coping with a major life change or stressful event
  • Troubled or disturbing thoughts
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Has been sexually, physically or emotionally abused
  • Pornography viewing
  • Withdrawal or social isolation
  • Dangerous or self destructive behaviors
  • Has a recommendation from school or doctor’s office for therapy
  • Difficulty with concentrating or paying attention
  • Persistent worry, anxiety, or fearfulness

If an adolescent shows any or some of these signs, he or she may need counseling. Informed parents recognize when counseling may be beneficial to their adolescent and realize that this is not a sign of parental failure. Rather, it is a step to insure that their adolescent develop the necessary coping skills to deal with and overcome the issues at hand. It is important to understand that if an adolescent does not get the necessary help needed, his or her issues may become more severe. We rely on your feedback regarding your adolescent’s development, habits, relationships and behavior. You will be consulted as the treatment goals are being formulated and throughout the therapeutic process.

If you would like further information or to make an appointment for your adolescent, please contact us.

Bullying

Bullying is the repeated aggressive behaviors towards one person from another person or group of people. Bullying is hurtful and may be exhibited through shoving, name-calling, shunning, lunch-stealing, gossiping, spreading rumors, and/or ostracizing. Victims of bullying are often scared and embarrassed into believing it is their fault for being bullied. This is not the case. As a parent of a child being bullied, do not accept the bullying behavior as a problem your child has to live with. The bullying behavior is the responsibility of the bully, not the child being bullied.

For parents, signs of being bullied include:

  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Wetting the bed
  • Stomach and headaches
  • Lack of appetite, throwing up
  • Fear of going to school
  • Visiting the school nurse often
  • Crying before and/or after school
  • Lack of interest in social events that include other students
  • Complains of illness before school events
  • Low self-esteem and/or self-confidence
  • A marked change in attitude, dress or habits
  • Unexplained broken and/or lost possessions
  • Unexplained bruises and/or injuries
  • Acting out/aggression when questioned about unexplained injuries/bruises
  • Withdrawal or social isolation
  • Marked decrease in school success
  • Persistent worry, anxiety, or fearfulness

If you feel your child is being bullied, please contact us.

 

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