Counseling Teenagers: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek Arizona

 

 

THE DSM is the diagnostic bible for all mental health disorders used by: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists. There are so many teen disorders listed it would take pages to list them all. Some of the teen disorders include:ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic Stress Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Select mutism, Oppositional defiant disorders, Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Substance Abuse and Substance dependence of many drugs and alcohol. The big question for parents if they receive these diagnosis or labels is now what?

There is option one which provides medication and there is option two that provides counseling and therapy to empower your child and teach your child tools to manage their behavior and emotions. Medical research show medication alone without counseling does not create the best results or outcomes. Counseling and therapy is vital to create change in the individual as well as in the family.

 

Lifeworksaz.com works with the family and child or teen to create a team approach that enables a win win for behavioral changes as well as with emotional issues a child or teen is struggling with. A team approach allows positive support from a parent or parents as well as from the child psychotherapist and this is extremely helpful in creating change.

 

 

Over fifty percent of all mental health disorders develop before a child turns fourteen years old .

Two million teenagers between thirteen and seventeen develop depression . Untreated depression can create a wide array of problems and potentially suicide among children and teens. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens in the United States of America .

Teens with depression might not look exactly like an adult with depression . At times a teen may have mood swings and extreme reactions to day to day conflicts that may seem not to serious however could be full blown depression.

Stress for children and teens to excel in school or get a good job precipitate mental health disorders like depression or generalized anxiety disorders or more according to the Archives of General Psychiatry .

Teaching children coping skills for stress and mood is vital to help children and teenagers turn things around in life.

Learning to cope with set backs and learning tools to have health and balance are vital for road blocks and creating happiness and success in your child’s life .

Teens are under a great deal of stress from : learning about who they are physically , mentally , and emotionally to finding out their own value system , navigating peers and relationships , looking for employment , attempting to become young adults .

Adolescent teenagers are facing new territory that is scary for them . Teenagers are forced to make new decisions and face peer pressure . Puberty , situational stressors , family stressors , transitioning to adulthood are all big stressors for teens .

Many teens stuff their thoughts and emotions regarding day to day stressors and then one day ” a bomb of emotions ” goes off or the child’s behavior jumps out at you for help . Helping teens solve problems and modulate stress is important . It is not just hormones it is painful issues they are dealing with in life that must be addressed . They are becoming independent however they need guidance and support along the way and their stress should not be pushed aside or dismissed .

There are many times when a child or teen need an unbiased and objective professional that has expertise working with children and teens and families to help them move through challenges and road blocks for happiness and success .

Lifeworksaz Therapy and counseling for teens , children , and adults help youth learn ways to manage stress , cope with stress , learn tools for success . Lifeworksaz provides counseling and coaching for : behavior , stress , depression therapist , anxiety therapist , relationship counseling , anger therapist counseling , anxiety therapist , bipolar therapy counseling , and more providing family counseling , child counseling , and adult counseling in phoenix , Scottsdale , chandler , Gilbert Arizona .

 

 

 

 

Exercise is one of the biggest elements in managing a child’s health and behaviors. Encouraging your child to exercise daily is one of the most important things a parent can teach a child.

Parents can tie in a reward after your child completes his exercise and after they have completed their homework. Life is all about work before play and teaching these valuable habits is vital for your child’s mental and physical health.

Below you will see info on behaviors that change with exercise.

Children with ADHD symptoms can focus better and are less impulsive when they participate in exercise daily .

Increasing physical activity is one part of a non pharmaceutical ( medications) treatment for ADHD that is backed by research .

Research showed in attentiveness improved with more exercise . The best natural item a parent can do is encourage exercise daily with your child.

Exercise is a huge help for children and teenagers with ADHD. Research shows that exercise before school or after school will help your child become more attentive, improve their academics, become less moody, and less impulsive. Teachers that allow there students to get up out of their seats for short bursts of activity find their students with ADHD are more attentive and more focused than keeping them in a sitting position for the whole class period.

Research has been done with children whom have exercised for 30 minutes before class versus no exercise before class and then teachers reported how they behaved in relationship to: attention, focus, impulsivity, behavior, performance etc. Aerobic physical activity shows great benefits to children with ADHD as well as other children in terms of: mood, behavior, attention, diminished impulsivity, and performance at school.

It is a real pity that schools have decreased the amount of physical activity children receive per day. Children will perform better and learn if they are able to exercise and run around, play sports, and move physically and aerobically. Jumping in place, doing squats, push ups, jump rope etc are all beneficial for children at school. Teachers that can break up the day with 4 ten minute bursts of exercise will have a classroom that is more attentive and will learn more and focus more on the subject matter than having the children sit all day without exercise. Schools that have used exercise have seen a huge decrease in children on ADHD medications decreasing by almost 33 percent which is huge statistically.

Research has shown that test scores improved for children that exercised before the test versus children that just sat and read books. Just twenty minutes of exercise improved  scholastic performance in one research study with children. Many experts state that daily exercise can replace medication for children on ADHD for many children.

There are many tools to help children with ADHD including: counseling, exercise, diet, structure, parenting tools, mood regulation tools, behavior modification and more that will help your child overcome ADHD symptoms.

Some teens send two hundred texts a day or 6000 texts a month. The issue here is that teens are not developing social skills and healthy communication.

Another issue is that adolescents that are texting are not spending time face to face with family and developing healthy connections. Social skills, self esteem, grades, family communication, and balance needs to be restored at home.

 

Lifeworksaz Therapy and counseling for teens , children , and adults help youth learn ways to manage stress , cope with stress , learn tools for success . Lifeworksaz provides counseling and coaching for : behavior , stress , depression therapist , anxiety therapist , relationship counseling , anger therapist counseling , anxiety therapist , bipolar therapy counseling , and more providing family counseling , child counseling , and adult counseling in phoenix , Scottsdale , chandler , Gilbert Arizona .

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.