Child and teen counseling: depression and anxiety Phoenix, Chandler, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Biltmore, Arcadia, Arizona

Rates of suicidal ideation, bullying and carrying a gun to school tracked each other closely in the new study. 

One in eight teenagers contemplates suicide in the good ole United States of America. Students are abused by cyber bullies as well as school bullies and those that are targeted by bullies are three times more likely to take their own lives!

Almost 6,500 youth between 10-24 took their lives in 2010-2016. Females and gay students are more likely to be bullied according to research.

Anxiety and depression are the biggest concerns among youth: children, teenagers, and adolescents. More youths are concerned with their peers mental health than with pregnancy or joining a gang according to the study.

Social media creates a space to be abused with bullying occurring 24-7 and children and teenagers can not get away from it unless they disconnect from : instagram, facebook, snapchat, video gaming etc.

Children as young as five are being referred for treatment for depression and anxiety in the United States of America.Figures showed mental health teams are working with more than 1,000 children and young people who were referred for therapy.

Research shows that family stress, financial issues, unemployment, and substance use or abuse is connected with child depression and child anxiety.

Twenty percent of children between ages 10-16 will be diagnosed with some type of mental health diagnosis. It could be ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Oppositional defiant disorder and more.

The tendency to develop depression and anxiety involves a complex mixture of factors, such as (genetic) factors and life-stressors.

Children and adolescentswho get depressed have often had adverse experiences, such as, losing a parent or being abused as a child. Some have had struggles academically. Many children have been bullied or have been verbally abused and not accepted at their schools. Many struggle with social skills and communication skills. Many have very low self esteem.

Such early life experiences sets a person up for later depression and anxiety.

In addition recent events often precipitate an episode of depression or anxiety. A life event is simply a stressful occurrence. Friendship difficulties and disappointments are common triggers for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents.

Having a family history of depression can also put individuals more at risk as there is some genetic contribution to depression.

Although there is no evidence that family difficulties actually cause depression, when there is a lot of family conflict, this can interfere with a person’s recovery.One of the most important element in treating depression and anxiety is feeling safe and comfortable with one’s therapist and having someone with a great deal of experience working with youth and familes. Obtaining someone who understands family dynamics is also important because the family is one of the biggest components in your youth’s life.

I provide: play, CBT therapy, DBT, Talk, Educational therapy, family therapy,

Sports games, Art therapy, to create a safe comfortable environment for your child and teen as well as talk therapy and more to help your child in the best way possible it is not a cookie cutter approach. Each plan of goals is unique for your child’s needs.

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 The best studied of the psychological treatments for child and adolescent depression and anxiety. CBT aims to address the negative thinking that may maintain depression and anxiety.

CBT for children and adolescents is usually given in courses of 8 to 12 individual weekly sessions each lasting 50 minutes, including a final 10 minutes with parents. Mind-fullness training, progressive relaxation, Imagery, meditation, hypnosis, and exposure therapy can address anxiety and depressed moods., CBT therapy is used for treating anxiety and depression.

Most experts world wide, in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona and in America state: Intervening early when a child or teenager or young person starts struggling to cope is proven to reduce the likelihood of that young person developing much more severe and entrenched mental health problems. Counseling and child and teen therapy is vital. Family counseling and parenting will help the child even more than just one on one child psychotherapy. 

Providing tips for parents to help reinforce positive behaviors and affirm as well as to practice ways to manage mood, manage stress, and have tools to use each day are vital for a healthy balanced child and teen so they can be a healthy thinking and feeling adult in society.

David at www.lifeworksaz.comprovides tools for each child that is unique as well as parental tips customized for each child and family to help manage: anxiety, depression, stress, moods, behaviors, anger, stress, academics, chores etc. David has been working with youth and families for over 15 years he has a specialty in child and family psychotherapy as well as working with adults with depression, anxiety and other issues.

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