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Child Counseling Phoenix Arizona: Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Anxiety and stress are increasing in children and teens over the past decades. Many experts and research shows that one out of three children and teens are experiencing some type of anxiety in their life. Anxiety can be from stress, separation, negative thinking, fear ( false evidence acting real), general anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, trauma and more. Many parents are using medications for anxiety in their children and teens , however, medications are not teaching your child or teen how to deal with stress and life and stress is unavoidable. Counseling and therapy will teach a child and adolescent how to manage anxiety and stress and learn to be empowered and more resilient without having to take a medication for the next seventy to eight years.

There are many techniques and strategies that I use for anxiety with youth in my office. Each child is unique and finding what strategy and skills et works best for your child and adolescent is important because if they are not willing to use the skills they will not help manage the anxiety and stress they are having. Many children and teens are stressed about their school work and homework and their performance and grades. Adolescent teens are struggling with body image and how their bodies are developing. Many children are struggling with making quality friendships and healthy communication at school and at home.

Some of the skills and techniques that are powerful are cognitive behavioral skills. Children and teens learn to change their unhealthy thoughts that are not supported by any facts or research to more positive and healthy thoughts. This is an evidence based therapy and is very powerful.

Another powerful approach is using mindfulness techniques. Using visualization and imagery and creativity children and teens can learn to manage their stress and even manage ADHD behaviors and more. Using imagination is a very powerful technique when combined with mindfulness. Children that are able to use diaphragmatic deep breathing is like learning to use a TV remote for your child’s brain it is very powerful.

Learning to relax the body and mind is powerful. Progressive relaxation was created at UCLA, however, it really has been used for thousands of years in the Eastern world. Progressive relaxation combines deep breathing with relaxation of muscles from head to toe and is a very effective tool in managing anxiety in children and teens.

Visual Motor Behavioral Rehearsal with a twist is a skill that I have been teaching to children and teenagers and it is a powerful technique where a child and teen can use imagination to incorporate relaxing sounds, peaceful sights, tranquil smells, creating a peaceful environment from the past or a new environment that is quiet and calming and peaceful that the child can play in their minds like a short video. This is extremely effective and powerful and have seen amazing results with children and teens ages 6-18.

Great practitioners help a child and teen like tutor to learn and practice these skills and others that they can transfer to their home, school, sporting events, work when they obtain a job and more. Repetition is important once the skills are learned and parents can help the child and encourage the child to use their skills to manage stress and anxiety in their day. Medication can not change your child’s thoughts this takes work.

David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGs has been working with children and teenagers and adults with anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, stress, as well as many other issues that feed into stress and anxiety on a daily basis. David has over 15 years specializing in working with youth and families and has expertise in the field of child and family therapy and more.

Child Counseling Social media, Anxiety and Depression Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Study after study from Research journals and medical experts show that limiting social media is important for children and teens mental health. Researchers have looked at the relationship between social media and : Grades at school, family communication, social skills, Depression, Anxiety, and Self Esteem and much more.

Reductions in depression and loneliness were seen in a recent study with just a thirty minute reduction in social media for adolescents and children. Research shows a reduction in social media actually helped reduce loneliness and anxiety.

A huge research study in the UK using over 1500 youth showed negative impacts of social media: poor sleep habits, comparing self to others, low self esteem, poor self image, increase in anxiety and more.

Your child will have more balance is their lives if they spend time with family members communicating face to face, communicating with peers face to face, playing sports or involvement in physical activities or sports,  joining clubs and organizations, altruistic clubs, after school extracurricular activities and more.

Children and teens are spending a majority of their time on : instagram, snapchat, online, Video gaming, texting and watching tv and movies. It is not against the law to be doing so however in my office I find most children are out of balance.

Your child has the potential for more mood disorders: depression and anxiety. Your child is learning about violence and anger in most video games that reinforces violence and that is frequent and intense. Your child has the potential for sleep disorders and lost sleep due to too much use of electronic media. Your child is exposed to unhealthy behaviors. Your child is not learning about exercise or learning social skills and interactive skills that are needed for life and for employment. Your child is not doing a lot of homework or is avoiding studying because they have an entertainment center 24-7.

There are many things parents can do o create balance in a child and teens life and one is limiting exposure to the above at a very high level. Below is more info on children and social media.

Children and teens are using social media to express their deep feelings and fears at times and even let people know they are planning suicide. Parents and friends should not assume they are posting for attention. Recently two teens killed themselves in Colorado after posting suicide plans on their social media accounts . It was to late and they passed.

Children and teenagers need a safe and supportive individual to discuss their daily lives, stress, and problems. www.lifeworksaz.com

has been working with youth and families for over 15 years in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. The trauma is great for a teen who loses a friend to suicide.

Social media has created more connections with a click as an alleged friend however it has created fewer relationships that are real where a child or teen can talk to a real loving and supportive advocate.

Children and teens are communicating through : instagram, snapchat, Face book, and more and many times they want people to know how they feel and so they post it.

Child and teen depression is real. Many children and teens have taken their lives due to depression.

Children feel : sad, lonely, and have pain and stress just like adults, however, many children do not have the skills and maturity or the tools to cope with depression.

Experts state social media does not bring people together and many times it simply isolates youth and young adults. Using more than two hours of social media per day doubled the chances a youth or young adult would fill lonely or isolated.

Many children and teens are depressed or have signs of depression. Many children and teens are struggling with : family issues, divorced families, academics, blended families, low self esteem, poor social skills, peer pressure, hormonal changes, grief and loss. Many times teens will stuff their thoughts and feelings . Some teens hide in their room and avoid communication. Some teens are on their Smart Phones, TV, Netflix, and Video games. Too much of anything is not ok and parents can ask themselves is my son or daughter in balance or out of balance with their habits? Below is a story of a Tempe Teen that was depressed and it ended tragically. The good news is there are signs of depression and the sooner one gets help the better. After the article there is a list of some red flags your child may be depressed. There are experts in treating child and teen depression through counseling and therapy and other treatments.

I have worked with thousands of teens with depressed moods and depression. Moving to a new school, change, academic pressure, not getting along with mom or Dad, negative thinking, low self esteem, social dynamics, past challenges are being carried around by children and teens and these items need to be addressed to create health and balance.

A tragedy happened at a Tempe, Arizona High school yesterday . A student athlete committed suicide at a Tempe High school not far from Arizona State University.

Teen and child depression is on the rise and can not be ignored. Depression is not an adult disorder . Millions of children and teen adolescents feel depressed and there are a slew of reasons today that impact a child or adolescents mood.

A child or teen does not have to have had a traumatic childhood in order to be depressed . A teen can have loving parents and spiritual parents and feel depressed.

Setting limits and boundaries and requiring family interaction is vital . Spending one on one time with your teen is important and will help find out what is going on in their lives . Make it a requirement before they use their : video games , computers , smart phones etc . Schedule one on one time with each child and this lets them know they are important as well as they are more likely to share information with you than in front of the whole family . Most children will not share their true pain or depressed mood in front of the whole family or at dinner .

I find wonderful children and teens that have very negative thought processes about.

The best approach is to have someone who works w children and parents guide you to help create balance and learn tools to manage depression , anxiety , self esteem, family issues and more .

Teens face a myriad of pressures , from changes in development to questions about who they are and where they are going w peers, school, and their future. The natural transition toward adulthood can bring parental challenges and conflict as the adolescent teen pushes for their independence .

It is not simple to differentiate between depression and teen mood swings . Some teens that are depressed are not sad or withdrawn . Many depressed teens are angry , full of rage , defiant, and irritable and this may be depression.

Some signs of depression in teens are: sadness , hopelessness , irritability , anger , hostility , frequent crying or tears , withdrawal from family and friends, loss of interest in activities , change in eating habits or sleep habits , agitation, restless , guilt, worthless feelings , concentrating issues , thought of death, suicidal thoughts and more.

It is best to have a professional assessment from a professional who has expertise in teen and children .

There are many signs that may indicate your teen is down or depressed or is suffering from depression.

Some red flags that should not be ignored are: sadness , crying, tearfulness, hopelessness, a decrease in activities , inability to enjoy activities that were enjoyable.

Low energy, isolation, poor communication and a lack of connection w family and friends is a sign that something is going on that needs attention. Increased irritability and anger and rage are common w depressed children and teens.

Physical complaints : stomach aches , pain , etc are signs your teenmay be depressed. Changes in sleeping habits and or eating patterns is a red flag as well .

Self destructive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, self harming, drug andalcohol abuse are signs your child need help asap!

Parents should seek professional help if any of the above are going onas soon as possible. Depression is a very serious condition that impacts : thoughts, mood,

and behaviors. Teen depression can be treated .

Teens face many stressors and pressures. Transitioning from child to an adult. Figuring out who they are and what they want to do with life . Hormonal changes and wanting to fit in socially are just a few. Teens with depression do not always appear sad. Many teens display anger and irritability and aggression. Long lasting changes in mood, behavior, personality are all huge red flags that your teen needs professional help.

Some common symptoms for teen depression are: hopelessness , sad, blue, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from friends and family , crying and frequent tears, changes in eating , changes in sleeping, agitation , restlessness, little motivation , lack of energy or excitement , fatigue , difficulty concentrating , thoughts of death , suicide or self harm.

There are many excellent counseling tools to help elevate mood and treat depression. CBT therapy looks at unhealthy thoughts that have no facts to support them and how these thoughts impact mood. DBT has a few elements: awareness/mindfulness, distress tolerance/mood regulation, interpersonal effectiveness. These are all research based and evidence based counseling techniques that have been used for decades with positive results. There are many other effective techniques that can be used to create health and balance for your child or teenager.

www.LifeworksAz.co  has a specialization in child and teen depression counseling and therapy, child adolescent counseling, family counseling, family therapy in Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona and serves valley wide

www.lifeworksaz.com

Teen Counseling Depression Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek AZ

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Adolescent youth developmental is characterized many risk taking behaviors as well as reward seeking behaviors in Arizona and throughout the United States of America. Behaviors like substance use and abuse, drug use and abuse as well as symptoms of mental health issues likely can arise like anxiety symptomology or depression symptoms as well as other disorders that may come to the surface with more frequency and intensity.

 

Childhood traumas and stressors impact the development of brain functioning during teenage years and therefore also elevate the risk for alcohol and or drug abuse.

 

Researchers have also found a variant in receptor gene sites in the adolescent brain that reduces the natural reward system in adolescence before they began using alcohol or drugs or other unhealthy substances.

 

Decision making, planning, and self control may be impacted by adolescent Cannabis use among teenagers in the USA.  A neuroscience study in 2018 showed evidence that exposure to cannabinoids alters the adolescents brain development in the pre frontal cortex. Using marijuana during the most vital time a teens brain is developing may have huge costs later on in life as an adult as well as a teenager.

 

Child and teen depression is real. Many children and teens have taken their lives due to depression.

Children feel : sad, lonely, and have pain and stress just like adults, however, many children do not have the skills and maturity or the tools to cope with depression.

Experts state social media does not bring people together and many times it simply isolates youth and young adults. Using more than two hours of social media per day doubled the chances a youth or young adult would fill lonely or isolated.

Many children and teens are depressed or have signs of depression. Many children and teens are struggling with : family issues, divorced families, academics, blended families, low self esteem, poor social skills, peer pressure, hormonal changes, grief and loss. Many times teens will stuff their thoughts and feelings . Some teens hide in their room and avoid communication. Some teens are on their Smart Phones, TV, Netflix, and Video games. Too much of anything is not ok and parents can ask themselves is my son or daughter in balance or out of balance with their habits? Below is a story of a Tempe Teen that was depressed and it ended tragically. The good news is there are signs of depression and the sooner one gets help the better. After the article there is a list of some red flags your child may be depressed. There are experts in treating child and teen depression through counseling and therapy and other treatments.

I have worked with thousands of teens with depressed moods and depression. Moving to a new school, change, academic pressure, not getting along with mom or Dad, negative thinking, low self esteem, social dynamics, past challenges are being carried around by children and teens and these items need to be addressed to create health and balance.

A tragedy happened at a Tempe, Arizona High school yesterday . A student athlete committed suicide at a Tempe High school not far from Arizona State University.

Teen and child depression is on the rise and can not be ignored. Depression is not an adult disorder . Millions of children and teen adolescents feel depressed and there are a slew of reasons today that impact a child or adolescents mood.

A child or teen does not have to have had a traumatic childhood in order to be depressed . A teen can have loving parents and spiritual parents and feel depressed.

As a safety measure parents should lock up all pills , medications , guns, knives , blades , weapons at all times regardless of a child’s mood. Parents should lock up all alcohol as well . Parents should monitor social media, smart phones , video game dialogue , texting , and be as involved as they can with their child or teen . Some parents would say it is an invasion of privacy however better safe than sorry . Children state they are excelling in the classroom and passing all classes however parents must still verify and look at report cards and look at missing homework assignments. Teens spend a lot of time w electronic devices and those that are in their room and not communicating daily with parents . They must get off these devices and communicate with parents about their day in detail . If not a parent has no idea why is going on mentally , physically , and emotionally with ones children .

Setting limits and boundaries and requiring family interaction is vital . Spending one on one time with your teen is important and will help find out what is going on in their lives . Make it a requirement before they use their : video games , computers , smart phones etc . Schedule one on one time with each child and this lets them know they are important as well as they are more likely to share information with you than in front of the whole family . Most children will not share their true pain or depressed mood in front of the whole family or at dinner .

I find wonderful children and teens that have very negative thought processes about themselves . Children that are excellent students and athletes still can be very depressed . Many suffer from low self esteem and many suffer from social or peer challenges . Many are depressed about family dynamics and school pressures.

The best approach is to have someone who works w children and parents guide you to help create balance and learn tools to manage depression , anxiety , self esteem, family issues and more .

Teens face a myriad of pressures , from changes in development to questions about who they are and where they are going w peers, school, and their future. The natural transition toward adulthood can bring parental challenges and conflict as the adolescent teen pushes for their independence .

It is not simple to differentiate between depression and teen mood swings . Some teens that are depressed are not sad or withdrawn . Many depressed teens are angry , full of rage , defiant, and irritable and this may be depression.

Some signs of depression in teens are: sadness , hopelessness , irritability , anger , hostility , frequent crying or tears , withdrawal from family and friends, loss of interest in activities , change in eating habits or sleep habits , agitation, restless , guilt, worthless feelings , concentrating issues , thought of death, suicidal thoughts and more.

It is best to have a professional assessment from a professional who has expertise in teen and children .

There are many signs that may indicate your teen is down or depressed or is suffering from depression.

Some red flags that should not be ignored are: sadness , crying, tearfulness, hopelessness, a decrease in activities , inability to enjoy activities that were enjoyable.

Low energy, isolation, poor communication and a lack of connection w family and friends is a sign that something is going on that needs attention. Increased irritability and anger and rage are common w depressed children and teens.

Physical complaints : stomach aches , pain , etc are signs your teenmay be depressed. Changes in sleeping habits and or eating patterns is a red flag as well .

Self destructive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, self harming, drug andalcohol abuse are signs your child need help asap!

Parents should seek professional help if any of the above are going onas soon as possible. Depression is a very serious condition that impacts : thoughts, mood,

and behaviors. Teen depression can be treated .

Teens face many stressors and pressures. Transitioning from child to an adult. Figuring out who they are and what they want to do with life . Hormonal changes and wanting to fit in socially are just a few. Teens with depression do not always appear sad. Many teens display anger and irritability and aggression. Long lasting changes in mood, behavior, personality are all huge red flags that your teen needs professional help.

Some common symptoms for teen depression are: hopelessness , sad, blue, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from friends and family , crying and frequent tears, changes in eating , changes in sleeping, agitation , restlessness, little motivation , lack of energy or excitement , fatigue , difficulty concentrating , thoughts of death , suicide or self harm.

There are many excellent counseling tools to help elevate mood and treat depression. CBT therapy looks at unhealthy thoughts that have no facts to support them and how these thoughts impact mood. DBT has a few elements: awareness/mindfulness, distress tolerance/mood regulation, interpersonal effectiveness. These are all research based and evidence based counseling techniques that have been used for decades with positive results. There are many other effective techniques that can be used to create health and balance for your child or teenager.

Lifeworks Az has a specialization in child and teen depression counseling and therapy, child adolescent counseling, family counseling, family therapy, adolescent counseling, teen counseling, child counseling: in Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona and serves valley wide. www.Lifeworksaz.com

 

Teen Counseling: Depression, Behavior, Anxiety

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Many teenagers are feeling sad or down in the dumps or extremely stressed and anxious. Some adolescents are struggling with their friends at school. Children and adolescent teens are struggling to develop their place in society as well as form friendships and new relationships. Many Teenagers are struggling with communication with their parents at home. Children and teenagers are having great challenges with homework and obtaining passing grades . Many children and teens I work with keep their emotions inside and stuff them and this is dangerous. Many teens carry their emotional pain and do not know what to do with their pain. Your child and Teens emotional pain can ooze into  poor grades, defiant behaviors, conduct disorders, substance use , dependence , and abuse. Many teens are angry and will rage or act verbally abusive at home.  The bottom line is that your child is in pain and is out of balance and just find ways to manage his or her emotional pain and deal with their emotions on a daily basis so they can find health and success in their lives. A child’s emotional pain can transfer into depression and suicidal behaviors when not addressed Many teens begin to self harm and cut themselves to cope with their emotional pain and feelings that overwhelm them. Some adolescents act out with illegal behaviors or complete defiance.  Some children and Teenagers stuff their emotions with Media: Video games, Instagram, Snapchat, You Tube, Netflix, TV etc. Healthy communication and time spent with family and quality friends is essential for your child’s development.

Research shows a very high percentage of youth struggle with mental health problems however very few get help from professionals and many are afraid to express the need for professional help. Parents can be the yes and the ears for your child and notice unhealthy habits and red flags that indicate your child or teenager needs help. Some red flags but there are many more might be struggles with : communication in healthy ways, anger often, sad, down, thoughts of hurting self or others, marks from self harm, failing grades, struggles with friendships , struggles with family members, behavior issues, defiance, acting out behaviors at home or at school, illegal behaviors, alcohol or any substance use or abuse, vaping, smoking, poor sleep, limited exercise, not expressing thoughts and feelings to parents.

School is  a giant source of stress for a majority of children and teenagers and it is REAL! Many children do not feel like they can talk to their teachers or others at school. Many teachers are overwhelmed with one teacher for 30 plus students and they can not provide the support your child needs and it must come from the parent because the parent knows their child the best and can obtain professional support be it: Counseling or psychiatric help or emergency help at a hospital.

Many children are stressed about reaching academic success and feel a great deal of pressure regardless of the grades they obtain or their achievement scores.

Working with parents as well as the teen can create a supportive environment and can create desired change. If nothing is done than typically we get the same results. Lifeworks AZ has extensive experience working with families, and children and teenagers as well s working with : behavioral issues, Mood and anger issues, Anxiety and stress, Healthy life choices, Coaching, Depression, ADHD, and much more.

 

Child teen counseling Phoenix Arizona

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Children and Teens are using social media to see how many likes they receive and how many people are following them to use as a measurement for social success. Research shows overuse of social media: instagram, Facbook, Snapchat etc bring additional risks to your child and teenagers mental health.

Many teens like it because they feel a sense of belonging. Many teens feel stressed by social media. Maintaining a perfect profile and managing many online friends. Many teens see peers posts and feel inferior or jealous in that 90 percent of posts highlight all the good activities, events, vacations and not really what is under the “iceburg”.

Many teens and children feel a tremendous amount of anxiety to maintain their online accounts. Many children and teens I work with are not obtaining adequate sleep and are distracted from homework and studying. They are not exercising or involved in sports or extracurricular activities because they are using online media all the time. Further there interpersonal communication skills are poor and the quality of relationships among family is heading South rapidly.

Research shows that teens that cared more about their digital social status online were more likely, a year later to be enaged in alcohol use, increased number of sexual partners. It appears that it may because they are more willing to participate in activities that will allegedly appear popular.

Over 10,000 girls were studied for a five year period between the ages of ten and fifteen. The results were that the girls that used social media at age 10 for more than an hour a day were at the greatest risk of having social and emotional problems at age 15. It is thought that girls are using social media to compare themselves to other girls having a negative effect on their self esteem.

In a study in Canada among teens 13-17 they found that over seventy percent participated in deceptive behaviors. For example many spent 6 dollars to purchase 500 likes from bots ( digital robots). Many girls are conflating likes with their self worth and self esteem and this is dangerous.

Parents can get involved in their child and teens world physically as well as online and this can avoid many red flags and dangerous signs and or covert behaviors.

 

Children and teens are using social media to express their deep feelings and fears at times and even let people know they are planning suicide. Parents and friends should not assume they are posting for attention. Recently two teens killed themselves in Colorado after posting suicide plans on their social media accounts . It was to late and they passed.

Children and teenagers need a safe and supportive individual to discuss their daily lives, stress, and problems. www.lifeworksaz.com has been working with youth and families for over 15 years in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. The trauma is great for a teen who loses a friend to suicide.

Social media has created more connections with a click as an alleged friend however it has created fewer relationships that are real where a child or teen can talk to a real loving and supportive advocate.

Children and teens are communicating through : instagram, snapchat, Face book, and more and many times they want people to know how they feel and so they post it.

 

Child and teen depression is real. Many children and teens have taken their lives due to depression.

Children feel : sad, lonely, and have pain and stress just like adults, however, many children do not have the skills and maturity or the tools to cope with depression.

Experts state social media does not bring people together and many times it simply isolates youth and young adults. Using more than two hours of social media per day doubled the chances a youth or young adult would fill lonely or isolated.

Many children and teens are depressed or have signs of depression. Many children and teens are struggling with : family issues, divorced families, academics, blended families, low self esteem, poor social skills, peer pressure, hormonal changes, grief and loss. Many times teens will stuff their thoughts and feelings . Some teens hide in their room and avoid communication. Some teens are on their Smart Phones, TV, Netflix, and Video games. Too much of anything is not ok and parents can ask themselves is my son or daughter in balance or out of balance with their habits? Below is a story of a Tempe Teen that was depressed and it ended tragically. The good news is there are signs of depression and the sooner one gets help the better. After the article there is a list of some red flags your child may be depressed. There are experts in treating child and teen depression through counseling and therapy and other treatments.

I have worked with thousands of teens with depressed moods and depression. Moving to a new school, change, academic pressure, not getting along with mom or Dad, negative thinking, low self esteem, social dynamics, past challenges are being carried around by children and teens and these items need to be addressed to create health and balance.

A tragedy happened at a Tempe, Arizona High school yesterday . A student athlete committed suicide at a Tempe High school not far from Arizona State University.

Teen and child depression is on the rise and can not be ignored. Depression is not an adult disorder . Millions of children and teen adolescents feel depressed and there are a slew of reasons today that impact a child or adolescents mood.

A child or teen does not have to have had a traumatic childhood in order to be depressed . A teen can have loving parents and spiritual parents and feel depressed.

As a safety measure parents should lock up all pills , medications , guns, knives , blades , weapons at all times regardless of a child’s mood. Parents should lock up all alcohol as well . Parents should monitor social media, smart phones , video game dialogue , texting , and be as involved as they can with their child or teen . Some parents would say it is an invasion of privacy however better safe than sorry . Children state they are excelling in the classroom and passing all classes however parents must still verify and look at report cards and look at missing homework assignments. Teens spend a lot of time w electronic devices and those that are in their room and not communicating daily with parents . They must get off these devices and communicate with parents about their day in detail . If not a parent has no idea why is going on mentally , physically , and emotionally with ones children .

Setting limits and boundaries and requiring family interaction is vital . Spending one on one time with your teen is important and will help find out what is going on in their lives . Make it a requirement before they use their : video games , computers , smart phones etc . Schedule one on one time with each child and this lets them know they are important as well as they are more likely to share information with you than in front of the whole family . Most children will not share their true pain or depressed mood in front of the whole family or at dinner .

I find wonderful children and teens that have very negative thought processes about themselves . Children that are excellent students and athletes still can be very depressed . Many suffer from low self esteem and many suffer from social or peer challenges . Many are depressed about family dynamics and school pressures.

The best approach is to have someone who works w children and parents guide you to help create balance and learn tools to manage depression , anxiety , self esteem, family issues and more .

Teens face a myriad of pressures , from changes in development to questions about who they are and where they are going w peers, school, and their future. The natural transition toward adulthood can bring parental challenges and conflict as the adolescent teen pushes for their independence .

It is not simple to differentiate between depression and teen mood swings . Some teens that are depressed are not sad or withdrawn . Many depressed teens are angry , full of rage , defiant, and irritable and this may be depression.

Some signs of depression in teens are: sadness , hopelessness , irritability , anger , hostility , frequent crying or tears , withdrawal from family and friends, loss of interest in activities , change in eating habits or sleep habits , agitation, restless , guilt, worthless feelings , concentrating issues , thought of death, suicidal thoughts and more.

It is best to have a professional assessment from a professional who has expertise in teen and children .

There are many signs that may indicate your teen is down or depressed or is suffering from depression.

Some red flags that should not be ignored are: sadness , crying, tearfulness, hopelessness, a decrease in activities , inability to enjoy activities that were enjoyable.

Low energy, isolation, poor communication and a lack of connection w family and friends is a sign that something is going on that needs attention. Increased irritability and anger and rage are common w depressed children and teens.

Physical complaints : stomach aches , pain , etc are signs your teenmay be depressed. Changes in sleeping habits and or eating patterns is a red flag as well .

Self destructive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, self harming, drug andalcohol abuse are signs your child need help asap!

Parents should seek professional help if any of the above are going onas soon as possible. Depression is a very serious condition that impacts : thoughts, mood,

and behaviors. Teen depression can be treated .

Teens face many stressors and pressures. Transitioning from child to an adult. Figuring out who they are and what they want to do with life . Hormonal changes and wanting to fit in socially are just a few. Teens with depression do not always appear sad. Many teens display anger and irritability and aggression. Long lasting changes in mood, behavior, personality are all huge red flags that your teen needs professional help.

Some common symptoms for teen depression are: hopelessness , sad, blue, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from friends and family , crying and frequent tears, changes in eating , changes in sleeping, agitation , restlessness, little motivation , lack of energy or excitement , fatigue , difficulty concentrating , thoughts of death , suicide or self harm.

There are many excellent counseling tools to help elevate mood and treat depression. CBT therapy looks at unhealthy thoughts that have no facts to support them and how these thoughts impact mood. DBT has a few elements: awareness/mindfulness, distress tolerance/mood regulation, interpersonal effectiveness. These are all research based and evidence based counseling techniques that have been used for decades with positive results. There are many other effective techniques that can be used to create health and balance for your child or teenager.

Lifeworks Az has a specialization in child and teen counseling and therapy, child adolescent counseling, family counseling, self esteem counseling, social skills counseling, anxiety counseling, family therapy in Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona and serves valley wide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counseling Teen Anxiety Disorders Phoenix, Arcadia, Scottsdale, Cave Creek Arizona

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

 

Kevin Love an NBA All Star and NBA record holder for Rebounds who now plays on the Cleveland Cavaliers came out to talk about anxiety, panic attacks and mental health. He states he never spoke about mental health issues because he was ashamed about it , however, he states that everyone has challenges and pain this is true. We all have struggles and highs and lows and life is filled with change and loss and it is healthy to learn how to cope with challenges . It is unhealthy to suppress, repress, stuff, avoid, and deny our emotions and pain an bury them in : video games, food, drugs, alcohol, work etc. This is where unhealthy habits are formed. Healthy emotions are dealing with emotions each day.

Kevin Love talked about his panic attacks and how it impacted him in a negative way. There are many times of anxiety: social anxiety, generalized anxiety, performance anxiety, separation anxiety, PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and more. The great news is there many skills that can be learned to manage anxiety and live a happy, calm, and peaceful life as well as meet goals you desire to achieve.

 

Almost 20 Percent of adults in the USA have anxiety so do not feel alone it is becoming more and more common in our stressful society in the USA. Many teens would like to avoid or not acknowledge their anxiety and this is not the solution. The more the teen ignores the more they find that it is interrupting many areas of life.

The more children and teens open up about: anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, the more we can create strategies and coping mechanisms to manage or eliminate the anxious symptoms.

There are many techniques and tools your child can learn to empower him or herself and feel confident and peaceful and be able to do the things he or she wants to do in life.

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 anxiety and 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.com has testimonials and more information.

CHILD COUNSELING PHOENIX : ADHD, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, Phoenix Arizona

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

CHILD COUNSELING PHOENIX :ADHD, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, STRESS Phoenix Arizona

I have worked with children five through eighteen and families for the past fifteen years plus and I have worked with : ADHD, Depression, Aspegers, ASD, Bipolar, Anxiety, Trauma, Motivation, Behavioral, Emotional, Sports performance and much more.

 

There are many components involved in a child’s mental health. The first meeting I set up is an assessment. The Assessment involves a parent or Parents or legal guardian that has a relationship with the child and has insight into the child’s daily behaviors, thoughts, and emotions.

 

A parent may bring a child in for a variety of issues observed or that was diagnosed at one time, however, I look at emotions and behaviors at home and at school and with peers. I will look at the child’s eating habits as well as the child’s sleep habits. These are just a few things that can contribute to behavioral and emotional issues.

 

I will look at the family dynamics and the family system at the home. What are the various relationships in the home. How are the relationships between the child and the parents? How are the relationships with the child and siblings? What is the communication like between parents and child? How much time is each child spending with parent or parents?

 

I also look at your child’s habits. What habits are healthy and what habits need to be modified.

 

Many children and teens are on social media, texting, and playing video games. There is a great deal of research WORLDWIDE that show a correlation between excess exposure to media and and behaviuoral and emotional issues as well as anxiety and depressed mood. I have seen huge improvements in my office when there is modifications made at home and firm daily boundaries that are set to limit the above.

 

Does your child or teen express his thoughts and feelings daily in a positive manner or healthy way? If not this is an area that can improve through child/teen counseling as well as through parenting tips. There is a lot of research to show that healthy emotions are expressing feelings and coping with emotions daily not stuffing emotions, ignoring emotions or numbing emotions. If emotions are not dealt with negative results are more likely to ooze out or form. Healthy communication is essential for employment and friendships and long term relationships.

 

Many children have great parents however they create negative messages they play in their heads all day everyday. Think of a garden where you want to grow beautiful flowers, however, the garden is full of weeds. The flower can not receive the nutrients and the water and the sun because the weeds are taking them and the flower can not grow or blossom. This is like a child’s mind. A child creates his or her own messages. For example

“ I can not succeed”, “ I am not athletic”, “ I am a bad child”, “I am ugly”, “ I can not get a good grade”, “ I am not lovable”, “ I am a loser”, etc. I see this in my office on a regular basis. These thoughts must be addressed before your child can blossom and bloom and create a balanced and happy child. This ties into self esteem and impacts emotions and behaviors and mood. This impacts your child and his future as an adult until it is addressed.

 

Children and teens have stress from academics and at times they have a learning disability and truly are struggling . Parents can set up a 504 or IEP to address a child that is struggling academically. Parents can obtain additional support like a tutor or a smaller school to address and support one’s child.

 

Many children are being bullied at school. Children report being bullied : verbally, emotionally, physically, and via the internet or texting. Looking at what is going on at school with peers and friends is vital for a child’s future.

 

Many children and teens have friendships via online games however they do not have friendships outside of technology. There is a lot of research that shows children and teens without friends become adults that are depressed and have emotional issues. It is important to explore your child’s social issues and social skills so if this is an area for improvement then it will be addressed.

 

Many children and adolescents are struggling with divorced parents and living in two homes. Many youth struggle with these dynamics. Divorce is one of the most devastating events for a child or teen. Change for children is very hard and can be extremely challenging. Balancing the two households with different rules and parenting styles is stressful for youth. Many children and teens do not see one of their parents at all or with limited frequency even when they live in the same city. Learning how to cope with above is vital.

 

Children and teens may have medical issues that have been challenging that they need help with and support. Many children have past trauma in their life that needs to be addressed.

 

Teaching youth how to cope with stressful events and learning how to manage their moods and emotions is very important for balance, health and success.

 

I work with youth and parents to help the child address many components to create health and success in their lives.

 

Children and Teens as well as parents can learn how to create a team player environment, how to be thoughtful, how to contribute to the family, how to create a win win environment at home. Teaching children about mutual respect is very important.

There are many other areas that are addressed at the assessment however there are many factors that can contribute to a child’s behavior, emotions and mood.

 

The best approach is a collaborative positive approach where parents and children are working together to promote health, mutual respect, healthy behaviors, and more with a practitioner that has expertise in areas mentioned above.

 

 

 

Child Counseling Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Learning healthy coping strategies is vital for children and teens regardless of how intelligent academically your child tests.

Children and teens get depressed and angry and anxious and it is vital to learn how to cope with stressors.

There are many psychological needs a child and teen need to be balanced and to obtain maximum health, however, in my experience children need : exercise daily, healthy eating habits, limits and boundaries, love and acceptance, encouragement, learning to be a team player, compassion, thoughtfulness, empathy, mutual respect, and much more than the text book psychological needs.

Children and teens are not immune from stress. Children experience stress at home, divorce, poor eating habits, abuse, stress with grades, stress with self esteem, cyber-bullying, in person bullying, lack of exercise, and much more. Children have hormonal changes and lack of sleep and all of this and more impact mood: depression, anxiety, anger and behaviors.

 

Showing love with actions not just rewards will show your child that you are available and trustworthy. If a parent is on his or her phone while your child is expressing his thoughts and feelings about a difficult day the child will learn that their needs are secondary and the child may not want to express his thoughts and share his or her day in the future.

 

Loving yourself is important and liking who you are and what you offer the world with one’s unique personality traits and uniqueness. If children continue to look for validation from a: video game, toy, clothing, etc they will find that an inanimate object can not bring them joy and happiness. The child will be giving away all his power and happiness to external events and this is where addictions can be born. I can recall many clicks in school and children could be very mean. Children and teens not accepting a child for lunch or even welcoming to school can be a horrible painful experience and it is here where a child can learn self love and resiliency and learn to find better friends, higher evolved friends, friends that have good values and ethics and morals children and teens that treat you with mutual respect and are not judgmental and critical and negative. Finding friends that see the glass half full is a blessing and as a child being able to be grateful and look at the positives and take lemons and make lemonade is a huge habit a child and teen can learn through counseling or parents role modeling this thought process.

 

Children want to be heard without a parent interjecting and with out immediately solving their problem. Children and teenagers and adolescents can learn to express their thoughts and emotions in healthy ways. Some may do so verbally and some may write poems. Some may blog or vlog. Some children will play sports and some will journal and draw. This is vital in expressing their emotions.

 

Helping children enjoy the moment and not the final score in sports is vital. As we know we might be a great athlete and our team may not win. It is important to find pleasure in the fellowship and friendship and teamwork and laughter. It is great to win and strive to win. It is about the journey not the destination. Finding ones passion and activities that bring great joy to your child is very important for this can transfer into future careers that are full of passion and bring great happiness to a child, Scottsdale

Child Depression Phoenix, Peoria, Cave creek Arizona

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

There are many reasons a child can be depressed: genetics, trauma, bullying , negative thinking, stress at home, stress at school, irrational thinking, poor sleep, lack of exercise, poor diet, poor self esteem, divorce, abuse, neglect, abandonment, medical issues and more. I look at all these elements to help a child and teen find balance in his life. The above mentioned are vital to help with a depressed mood and other mood related issues as well as emotional and behavioral issues.

Recently a family claims an OTC caused there teen to commit suicide. This was Tamil and it is alleged by the family. The tamiflu warning label states patients may be at risk of abnormal behavior or confusion.  The makers of tamiflu released a statement that said ” neuropsychiatric events have been reported during the administration of Tamil in patients with Influenza, especially children and adolescents. They add patients should be closely monitored for behavioral changes.

This is a tragic event and I pray for the family.

Below is more info on depression symptoms and children and teens. There is a lot of research that correlates using instagram, snapchat, Facebook, social media and being online with feeling depressed and lonely and having an impact on mood it again may not be the only reason however it is one more area that may be out of balance in your child or adolescent teens life.

Children, Teens and young adults are reporting feeling more hopeless and useless between 2010 and 2015. The teen suicide rate also increased during tis time period as well. The National survey accounted for socio economics and different demographics, all ethnic groups, etc. The research was from every type of background. The number of teens with clinical levels of depression rose and was more visible among girls in this large national study.

The largest changes in children and teens lives was the use of social media and smart phones according to researchers in this study. Adolescent teenagers that spent the greatest time on screens being : texting, social media, video games, you tube, internet were also more likely to show depression and have significant risk factors for suicide such as having a plan to hurt themselves or an attempted suicide attempt.

Research shows that social media use leads to unhappiness. The rise in smart phone use and social media are potentially two reasons your teen or child is feeling depressed. Popularity is important to teen girls and girls tend to ruminate more than boys. Rumination can contribute to depression and depressive reports.

A decrease in sleep for girls as well as boys is on the rise due to smartphone and social media use. This is a huge reason why teen mental health is suffering. The blue light from the screens is impacting melatonin rates and making it harder for youth to sleep . Lack of sleep is a huge component for mental health : depression, anxiety, performance, behaviors, moods, relationships and more.

There are many things parents can do to help there children and teens manage there mood and find balance in their lives. Finding a balance is vital for children and teenagers.

Children and teens are using social media to express their deep feelings and fears at times and even let people know they are planning suicide. Parents and friends should not assume they are posting for attention. Recently two teens killed themselves in Colorado after posting suicide plans on their social media accounts . It was to late and they passed.

Children and teenagers need a safe and supportive individual to discuss their daily lives, stress, and problems. www.lifeworksaz.com has been working with youth and families for over 15 years in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. The trauma is great for a teen who loses a friend to suicide.

Social media has created more connections with a click as an alleged friend however it has created fewer relationships that are real where a child or teen can talk to a real loving and supportive advocate.

Children and teens are communicating through : instagram, snapchat, Face book, and more and many times they want people to know how they feel and so they post it.

Child and teen depression is real. Many children and teens have taken their lives due to depression.

Children feel : sad, lonely, and have pain and stress just like adults, however, many children do not have the skills and maturity or the tools to cope with depression.

Experts state social media does not bring people together and many times it simply isolates youth and young adults. Using more than two hours of social media per day doubled the chances a youth or young adult would fill lonely or isolated.

Many children and teens are depressed or have signs of depression. Many children and teens are struggling with : family issues, divorced families, academics, blended families, low self esteem, poor social skills, peer pressure, hormonal changes, grief and loss. Many times teens will stuff their thoughts and feelings . Some teens hide in their room and avoid communication. Some teens are on their Smart Phones, TV, Netflix, and Video games. Too much of anything is not ok and parents can ask themselves is my son or daughter in balance or out of balance with their habits? Below is a story of a Tempe Teen that was depressed and it ended tragically. The good news is there are signs of depression and the sooner one gets help the better. After the article there is a list of some red flags your child may be depressed. There are experts in treating child and teen depression through counseling and therapy and other treatments.

I have worked with thousands of teens with depressed moods and depression. Moving to a new school, change, academic pressure, not getting along with mom or Dad, negative thinking, low self esteem, social dynamics, past challenges are being carried around by children and teens and these items need to be addressed to create health and balance.

A tragedy happened at a Tempe, Arizona High school yesterday . A student athlete committed suicide at a Tempe High school not far from Arizona State University.

Teen and child depression is on the rise and can not be ignored. Depression is not an adult disorder . Millions of children and teen adolescents feel depressed and there are a slew of reasons today that impact a child or adolescents mood.

A child or teen does not have to have had a traumatic childhood in order to be depressed . A teen can have loving parents and spiritual parents and feel depressed.

As a safety measure parents should lock up all pills , medications , guns, knives , blades , weapons at all times regardless of a child’s mood. Parents should lock up all alcohol as well . Parents should monitor social media, smart phones , video game dialogue , texting , and be as involved as they can with their child or teen . Some parents would say it is an invasion of privacy however better safe than sorry . Children state they are excelling in the classroom and passing all classes however parents must still verify and look at report cards and look at missing homework assignments. Teens spend a lot of time w electronic devices and those that are in their room and not communicating daily with parents . They must get off these devices and communicate with parents about their day in detail . If not a parent has no idea why is going on mentally , physically , and emotionally with ones children .

Setting limits and boundaries and requiring family interaction is vital . Spending one on one time with your teen is important and will help find out what is going on in their lives . Make it a requirement before they use their : video games , computers , smart phones etc . Schedule one on one time with each child and this lets them know they are important as well as they are more likely to share information with you than in front of the whole family . Most children will not share their true pain or depressed mood in front of the whole family or at dinner .

I find wonderful children and teens that have very negative thought processes about themselves . Children that are excellent students and athletes still can be very depressed . Many suffer from low self esteem and many suffer from social or peer challenges . Many are depressed about family dynamics and school pressures.

The best approach is to have someone who works w children and parents guide you to help create balance and learn tools to manage depression , anxiety , self esteem, family issues and more .

Teens face a myriad of pressures , from changes in development to questions about who they are and where they are going w peers, school, and their future. The natural transition toward adulthood can bring parental challenges and conflict as the adolescent teen pushes for their independence .

It is not simple to differentiate between depression and teen mood swings . Some teens that are depressed are not sad or withdrawn . Many depressed teens are angry , full of rage , defiant, and irritable and this may be depression.

Some signs of depression but not all seem in teens are: sadness , hopelessness , irritability , anger , hostility , frequent crying or tears , withdrawal from family and friends, loss of interest in activities , change in eating habits or sleep habits , agitation, restless , guilt, worthless feelings , concentrating issues , thought of death, suicidal thoughts and more.

It is best to have a professional assessment from a professional who has expertise in teen and children .

There are many signs that may indicate your teen is down or depressed or is suffering from depression.

Some red flags that should not be ignored are: sadness , crying, tearfulness, hopelessness, a decrease in activities , inability to enjoy activities that were enjoyable.

Low energy, isolation, poor communication and a lack of connection w family and friends is a sign that something is going on that needs attention. Increased irritability and anger and rage are common w depressed children and teens.

Physical complaints : stomach aches , pain , etc are signs your teenmay be depressed. Changes in sleeping habits and or eating patterns is a red flag as well .

Self destructive behaviors, suicidal thoughts, self harming, drug andalcohol abuse are signs your child need help asap!

Parents should seek professional help if any of the above are going onas soon as possible. Depression is a very serious condition that impacts : thoughts, mood,

and behaviors. Teen depression can be treated .

Teens face many stressors and pressures. Transitioning from child to an adult. Figuring out who they are and what they want to do with life . Hormonal changes and wanting to fit in socially are just a few. Teens with depression do not always appear sad. Many teens display anger and irritability and aggression. Long lasting changes in mood, behavior, personality are all huge red flags that your teen needs professional help.

Some common symptoms for teen depression are: hopelessness , sad, blue, loss of interest in activities, withdrawal from friends and family , crying and frequent tears, changes in eating , changes in sleeping, agitation , restlessness, little motivation , lack of energy or excitement , fatigue , difficulty concentrating , thoughts of death , suicide or self harm.

There are many excellent counseling tools to help elevate mood and treat depression. CBT therapy looks at unhealthy thoughts that have no facts to support them and how these thoughts impact mood. DBT has a few elements: awareness/mindfulness, distress tolerance/mood regulation, interpersonal effectiveness. These are all research based and evidence based counseling techniques that have been used for decades with positive results. There are many other effective techniques that can be used to create health and balance for your child or teenager.

Lifeworks Az has a specialization in child and teen depression counseling and therapy, child adolescent counseling, family counseling, family therapy in Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona and serves valley wide. See testimonials at www.lifeworksaz.com

 

Child counseling Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

 

children teens overweight; Depressed, anxious, etc.

 

 

Many children are drinking less sugary sodas in a recent survey however obesity is still a huge issue in America.

Children and Teens are not getting enough exercise in general. Most schools do not provide physical activities on a daily basis and few offer PE.

One of the biggest problems is addiction to : smartphones, you tube, Netflix, TV, Instagram, Facebook, snapchat, and Ipads, computers. Children are spending most of their day on electronic devices and are not involved in sports or dance or some time of physical activity.

 

Maintaining healthy weight or losing weight requires not only healthy eating but exercise.

Many children or stressed regarding their future, school grades, family relationships, peers, bullying, low self esteem, negative thinking, anxious and depressed. When children do not address these issues they will ooze out into unhealthy habits like over eating as well as many times they will stay locked into their rooms on electronics and behaviors will get worse and mood and anxiety will also get worse. Counseling to address this imbalance is essential. Lifeworksaz.com specializes in child, teen, and family mental health issues.

 

 

According to a new study based on a continuing national health survey, 60.7 percent of children and 50 percent of adults drank a sugary beverage on any given day in 2014, down from 79.7 percent of children and 61.5 percent of adults in 2003.

The study, published in the journal Obesity, relied on a representative sample of 18,000 children 2 to 19 years old, and 27,652 adults aged 20 and older. They were asked about their beverage consumption over the past 24 hours: juice, milk, sugar and diet soda, coffee and tea, sports drinks, water and alcohol.

 

 

 

Many schools are sending out letters to parents for children that are overweight. In a recent CA study 200 out of 900 children were overweight. Thirty five percent of children were overweight or obese. The goal is to educate parents and help them make healthier life choices for their children. Nutrition plays a huge role in behavior as well. There is a huge correlation between diet and mood. Unhealthy food intake and inactivity due to technology are two big factors in poor mental health and mood. Depression is on the rise due to being overweight in children and teens. Self esteem is impacted and social acceptance can be impacted.

 

 

A number of factors contribute to becoming overweight. Genetics, lifestyle habits, or a combination of both may be involved. In some instances, endocrine problems, genetic syndromes, and medications can be associated with excessive weight gain.

Much of what we eat is quick and easy — from fat-laden fast food to microwave and prepackaged meals. Daily schedules are so jam-packed that there’s little time to prepare healthier meals or to squeeze in some exercise. Portion sizes, in the home and out, have grown greatly.

Plus, now more than ever life is sedentary — kids spend more time playing with electronic devices, from computers to handheld video game systems, than actively playing outside. Television is a major culprit.

Kids younger than 6 spend an average of 2 hours a day in front of a screen, mostly watching TV, DVDs, or videos. Older kids and teens average 4.5 hours a day watching TV, DVDs, or videos. When computer use and video games are included, time spent in front of a screen increases to over 7 hours a day! Kids who watch more than 4 hours a day are more likely to be overweight compared with kids who watch 2 hours or less.

Not surprisingly, TV in the bedroom is also linked to increased likelihood of being overweight. In other words, for many kids, once they get home from school, virtually all of their free time is spent in front of one screen or another.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids over 2 years old not spend more than 1-2 hours a day in front of a screen. The AAP also discourages any screen time for children younger than 2 years old.

Many kids don’t get enough physical activity. Although physical education (PE) in schools can help kids get up and moving, more and more schools are eliminating PE programs or cutting down the time spent on fitness-building activities. One study showed that gym classes offered third-graders just 25 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

Current guidelines recommend that kids over 2 years old get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Babies and toddlers should be active for 15 minutes every hour (a total of 3 hours for every 12 waking hours) each day.

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