Teen Counseling Specialist Phoenix Arizona

Many teens lie to their parents for a number of reasons. One reason adolescent teens lie is simply because they do not want to lose a phone, get in trouble, get yelled out etc. Some adolescent teens lie to avoid feelings of shame or guilt because they do  not want to look bad in the yes of the adult or parent etc. There are teenagers that will lie to protect their friends from getting into trouble, making suspended at school, or grounded by their peers parents and that would impact them being able to spend time with their friend. Many teens are simply not comfortable with dealing with feelings and their own emotions that arise when talking about a specific issue. If they can lie then they do not have to address the emotion they may be uncomfortable with such as: anger, sadness, fear, embarrassment, guilt, loneliness, shame etc. There are many adolescent teens that will tell stories to impress their peers and hence tell white lies or non truths to feel accepted by peers and feel they are not acceptable unless they tell an interesting story etc. many adolescents will not share their lives with their parents for fear they will be judged, criticized, or that their parents will not affirm their choices so they might as well keep it to themselves.

Children and teens are constantly stressed about school work and homework and test and grades and fitting in with peers at school and in other extracurricular activities. Children spend an excessive amount of time on social media and are barraged with negative news and views of the world. Finding ones meaningful path and truest path can be overwhelming when children and teens are so stressed out regarding other areas of life.

Many children and teens begin to slip into depression without hope or motivation due to unhealthy world views and irrational thoughts about themselves and their future. It is vital to look at our thoughts that are healthy and unhealthy and organize those thoughts in a healthy way so we can see clearly like a clear lens on a camera. Good work can not come with a blurry sense in your photos on your iPhone or your Cannon SLR Camera etc.

It is important to understand our feelings and be able to express them in healthy ways. If we do not learn how to express thoughts and feelings in healthy ways they will ooze out in many unhealthy ways. One way that unhealthy thoughts spill out is anger and rage and aggression. This can end up in unhealthy relationships with your family and friends as well as peers and can end up in an assault or battery charge due to the inability to control these feelings and thoughts.

If we avoid our feelings and thoughts it can likely end up in masking them through addictive behaviors: alcohol, weed, cannabis, vaping, wax, edibles, and hard drugs as well and more unhealthy addictive behaviors as well.

Many teens suffer from the above issues as well as mental health issues. Managing mental health is more than just learning healthy communication and understanding thoughts and feelings for children and teenagers. It is vital to look at all aspects of your child or teens life. What is the quality of his or her eating habits. How often are they eating and what are they eating? Are they skipping meals?

Many children and teenagers are not getting enough sleep due to technology addiction. I see youth from 6-18 and many are using their: I Pad, Smart Phone, Video Games, TV, Netflix, You tube, social media, snapchat, instagram, and texting till the early morning hours. How can a child due well in school or obtain peak performance when sleep deprived.

Estimates are that over 5 million children and teens suffer from depression and or depressive symptoms . Children and teens can suffer from clinical depression and it is not rare. The death rate has tripled from suicide among youth ages 10-24 in the past ten years.

Many children and teens suffer from some type of anxiety disorder: separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, Panic attacks, Phobias, Social anxiety, and more. Estimates are that over 6 million youth suffer from anxiety. We have the highest rate of anxiety ever on record in children and teenagers. Over seventy percent of children and teenagers say anxiety and depression are serious problems in their schools and or community.

Mental health plays a huge role in one’s quality of life for children, teens, and adults: Emotions, actions, motivation and productivity are directly affected by it. The sooner a parent or child or teen recognizes they are depressed or anxious or out of balance than they can can mental health help from a professional in the field.

I have written many blog articles on the association between increased screen time and lower psychological well being in children and teens. many adults think of TV , however, the addictive nature and amount of interaction and the exposure youth are seeing on the internet and social media is overwhelming and not easy to comprehend or digest. Children and teens are spending more time than you are working on their devices and more time than they are in school on their devices each week and this is a huge issue for society.

Children and teens are in their rooms and are not interacting face to face with parents and developing healthy communication skills. Limiting electronics is vital if you want to develop healthy relationships as well as create a successful balanced and healthy child or teenager.

LifeworksAZ.com has been working with children , teens, and parents for: ADHD, ANXIETY, Anger Management skills Behavioral issues, Communication skills, Depression, Social skills, Self esteem,Parenting tips, Sports peak performance and more. Contact David Abrams MAPC LPC CAGS he has worked with youth and families for over 15 years in Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona.

An international watch dog group for Psychiatric medications ( CCHR) would like child and teen psychiatrists to answer some very specific questions.

In a  nine year study 20,900 children and teens ages ten through eighteen years old were diagnosed with depression and were prescribed an antidepressant. The study found that the children and teens had FIVE times the suicide rate !

A Harvard Medical School Researcher stated that the above information is why the drugs, medications, have a black box WARNING on them! The group in Prague protested the use of these medications stating the gravely dangerous risk.

Depression affects one out of four youth worldwide and most people do not talk about it. It is a condition that can be treated by: counseling, medication, exercise, CBT therapy, positive thoughts and more.

Teens are afraid to talk about it for fear of a negative stigma from family, peers and friends however it is best to tell your parents or teachers or family so you can get the help you need and feel better !

In some countries over 25% of teens and adolescents suffer from a mental health disorder. The most common diagnosed disorders are anxiety disorders followed by depression and depressive disorders.

Teens are suffering from behavioral disorders and neuronal disorders like autism and aspergers, and Attention Deficit Hypercativity Disorder. Self harm and eating disorders and suicidal behavioral disorders as well. Oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorders occurred too.

Many children and teens with the above disorders never sought help due to the fear of a stigma.

Research shows that depression is not only a mental disorder. Depression impacts the entire immune system. Depression impacts the heart, sleep, appetite and mood.

There are many combinations of ways to address depression; cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling therapy, exercise, diet changes. There are antidepressants used and be aware of Black Box warnings. Research in the USA show that counseling and psychotherapy should be done with medication for best results.

Twenty years ago depression and other mental health disorders in children were almost unknown and overlooked. Many physicians doubted the existence of depression in children because they believed children lacked the mature psychological and cognitive structure to experience such problems. Depression in children has always been a difficult topic for society, and perhaps even healthcare professionals, to comprehend. Today, however, it is a stark reality today.

Social pressures and expectations are fuelling the rise of mental health problems in children. Childhood seems to be more stressful than ever due to a greater emphasis on exams and grades, the rise of social media and cyberbullying, and the media’s portrayal of body image. I have seen an increase in young clients, especially girls, with emotional problems often caused by increased pressure in the media and advertising to achieve an unrealistic body image, further perpetuated by social media. Girls as young as six are dieting and the number of schoolchildren at risk of emotional problems has risen greatly.

The number of children playing outdoors with friends after school has rapidly declined over the last decade as they spend more time on computers and social media. Young people are bombarded with images and advice from celebrities on how to achieve the “perfect body”. These pressures often cause young people to develop low self-esteem which can lead to depression. Between 10-25% of youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder according to researchers in UK.

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Psychotherapy is a process however it can give you tools to cope and manage your mood for challenging times and teach life coping skills.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

It is important to find a professional that has daily experience working with children and teens . Children and teens can learn tools and skills to manage and cope with anxiety and other disorders. Parents can learn skills as well to help create success and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS has over 15 years experience working with families and youth treating anxiety disorders. Lifeworksaz.comhas testimonials and more information.

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