TEEN ADHD Counseling Treatment Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona

Covid is having an impact on the mental health for children , teen adolescents, and adults in the United States as well as all over the world. Depression symptoms have increased three fold since Covid-19 arrived or since its recognition in the USA.. There has been a giant increase in medications for depression as well as for anxiety in the USA.

There has been an increase of prescriptions of anti anxiety medication by approx. thirty five percent since COVID 19. There has been an increase of anti depressant medications in a one month period of time measured since COVID 19 recognition in the USA.

ADHD often co exists with other mental health disorders such as: Anxiety disorders, Depression, and Substance abuse.

ADHD can face significant challenges in school, employment, and relationships. Now, we add on the stressors associated with COVID 19 :social isolation, job loss, financial problems, school challenges at home, childcare issues, health care concerns, and more..that are causing or exacerbating depression for children and adults in general.

Nearly thirty eight percent of adults with an ADHD diagnosis experience depression compared with only 9 percent of adults overall.

The CDC Gov agency for the USA defines depression as more than just feeling down but when a mood lasts for extended periods of time and impacts normal everyday functioning. Some symptoms may include: feeling anxious or sad often, losing interest in activities that used to be fun, feeling irritable, frustrated, restless, angry, annoyed, challenges falling asleep, or staying asleep, feeling tired, eating more or less than normal, lack of appetite, aches, pains, stomach issues that do not improve with treatment, challenges concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, feeling guilty, feeling worthless, feeling helpless, suicidal thoughts, thinking about hurting self. These are not all the symptoms of depression. One would want to contact a professional in the area of mental health to assess or evaluate if one is depressed, anxious, or having mental health related issues.

Intensive research on ADHD medications show that it masks symptoms and makes your child docile, stunts growth, however does not teach your child: life skills, stress management, motivation, ability to overcome negative thinking, mood management, better family respect, improved family communication, improved social skills, improved self esteem, behavior management skills and more. There is not a magic pill it will take extra family effort and time according to many experts in the field of ADHDand Psychology.

Boys are less likely to go to college and more likely to drop out of school. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed as ADHDdue to holding in feelings and emotions.

The school systemis vital in believing in boys and either supporting them or labeling them defective and abandoning them. It is vital to find out what is going on behind the boy’s behaviors if they are acting out.

When a child’s stress is long lasting and extreme and support or a buffer is not available for the child the result can be toxic stress and this will lead to a weakened bodily system as well as damage to the brain’s structure and can create life long mental health issues.

 How much sleep your child OBTAINS impacts: mood, anxiety, depression, as well as behavior and academic performance. In a recent study poor sleep was linked to: ADHD,Depression, Bipolar Disorder, autism, epilepsy and more.

My approach is not to stigmatize your child and hand him a disorder it is quite the opposite. 

I find all the strengths and positive qualities your child or teen has and use that as a foundation for rapport and connection with your child and the family. Labeling your child will only create a reason why behavior is the way it is and the reality is that you child can change his behavior as well as each parent can modify their behavior to obtain desired success and results.

I work with both the parent and the child and the research and my experience shows this will create the greatest potential for change. The parents are the eyes and ears of the child and know their child the best. Weekly feedback from each parents is vital in creating a treatment plan for change and is part of what Lifeworks Arizona Child and Family counseling uses in one component for change.

My approach is not a cookie cutter approach. Depending on your child or Teen I use a wide array of evidence based tools that work as well as sports, games, art,  play, and talk  to create change. My goal is to create balance in your child’s life. I look at his sleep patterns, diet, unhealthy habits, routine, time management, communication skills, boundaries, parenting, academics, and all of his or her behaviors that are working and this that are not working. Through this process I create a treatment plan to eliminate undesirable behaviors . At the same time I am teaching your child skills to manage : mood, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, develop social skills, build self esteem. It is the combination of all the components that creates change for your child or teenager.

Think of a car you drive where one tire is low in air pressure . Depending on how low it is it can impact the whole car and it’s alignment. Our children can be thought of in the same way: low air pressure, delay in oil change, and the car starts having many problems, it might take awhile however eventually these problems will arise in your child in the form of: disrespect, anger, aggression, poor grades, poor habits anymore.

Counseling will help parents learn how to deal with a wide array of specific behaviors that need to be modified: Not listening or doing as told, Defying commands or requests, tantrums, manipulative statements “ I can not do it”, “you love sister more than me”), judging and criticizing others, blaming others and not taking accountability for his or her behaviors, nagging, interrupting you, complaining about physical problems that are used to manipulate when you have researched medical issues. Your child is not paying attention, learned helplessness, poor reading ability, procrastination, poor school performance: not staying on task, not following instructions, not remembering what to do, sloppy work, not doing work correctly or neatly, and more. Failing to be quiet, not staying in ones seat, blurting out answers, talking to friends when teacher is speaking, aggression verbally or physically to peers. Fighting with siblings, telling on siblings, aggression, and lying.

Reinforcing and creating a closer relationship with your child is vital. External rewards can work however participating in an activity with one’s child is vital and showing love and healthy boundaries is key. Praising your child daily for healthy behaviors and positive efforts is important.

The absolute best approach per 100 years of research regarding children and behavior is an approach that combines individual counseling with parenting tips and family system tips to modify behavior. All of these elements are vital in creating desired change in your child or teenager. 

Lifeworksaz.com has specialized in working with youth and families  with emotional and behavioral disorders for over 15 years. Lifeworksaz.com specialized in : ADHD, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, SELF ESTEEM, RELATIONSHIPS, FAMILY, and more.

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