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Counseling Depression Phoenix , Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

The Hot Phoenix Weather may impact ones depression or depressed mood ; especially when the summers have over three months of 100 degree plus days. People feel : exhausted, less energy, less motivated, less likely to get outside in nature or run errands due to the severe heat. Getting into a car that is not in the shade feels like getting into an oven. Many people have burned their hands on the steering wheel or metal of the seat belts as well as on the seats especially if the seats are leather. Below is a similar phenomenon that is impacted by cloudy, cold and rainy days where people do not see the sun.

I just read an amazing article that firefighters and first responders had more deaths due to suicide ( depressed mood/clinical depressive disorders) than due to being injured in a fire or a emergency situation. First responders have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression that is Five times that of the average citizen in The United States and in Arizona. People that do not address and talk about there stress and pain can be deadly. Research shows heart problems are connected to stress as well as depression and suicide. Men are taught to be strong and not talk about emotions or feelings and this is the worst possible way to reach balance and health.

 

I read an interesting article called Getting a grip on the Winter Blues 12-5-06, by Jane E. Brody.

The article states 14 million severely affected American adults, SAD can send them into a tailspin that makes it difficult if not impossible to fulfill daily responsibilities and derive any joy from life. An additional 33 million people are less severely affected but may experience declines in energy, cheerfulness, creativity or productivity in the dark days of winter.

The article states an effective approach is cognitive behavioral therapy. For more information please
see the full article.

Blog by David Abrams child therapist, teen therapist, adult therapist, psychotherapist, Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona, Tempe Arizona.

 

 

 Losing a girlfriend or a wife can be extremely painful. Most experts
believe it will take a minimum of two years to heal from the emotional
trauma created by the loss. It can take much longer depending on the
factors involved with the breakup. It is normal to feel: anxious,
overwhelmed, depressed, and be on a roller coaster of emotions because
it is a huge change in all areas of your life. It may involve a new:
home, city, employment, time spent with children, new friends, losing
friends, and more. Do not deny you are going through a painful process
because it will simply get worse. It takes time to re-evaluate your life
goals, hopes and dreams for the future. It takes time to reassess your
past relationship and what you hope for future relationships.

Many single parents feel : angry, resentful, and overwhelmed. Many
single parents are dealing with new parenting dynamics, new financial
dynamics, new support systems, and more. Many single parents are working
through a breach of trust as well as reflecting on what they really need
in a relationship. Is it mutual respect ? Nurturing? honesty? empathy?
laughter? Someone that works hard?

It takes time to heal emotional wounds and trauma. Grieving is an
important part of change and loss. Rebuilding your life is a huge
change. It takes time to meet new friends, adjust to a new home, create
a new source of employment, change parenting roles etc. Learning to
accept that it will take time to heal is important. You will need
friends that understand you are going through a huge transition and that
you need support not judgment.

Therapy will help you move through the emotional pain. Some goals in
therapy could be: forgiving, moving on, building self esteem, finding
new employment, coping skills for stress, new parenting skills as a
single parent, mood regulation, stress management and more depending on
each individuals needs.

LifeworksAZ has experience working with: relationships, family dynamics,
parenting, grief and loss, family challenges, mood regulation, coping
skills, building self esteem, goal setting and more. David Abrams MAPC,
LPC has had success working with children and families for over fifteen
years counseling valley wide: Phoenix ,Scottsdale, Chandler, Goodyear,
Mesa, Gilbert, Anthem, Arizona.

 

 

 

 

 

In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychology, researchers in California and the Netherlands said they found an association between major depressive disorder, or MDD, and accelerated cellular aging.

Specifically, study authors said that after examining the white blood cells of more than 2,400 Dutch study participants, they found that people with clinical depression had shorter telomeres than their healthy peers.

Telomeres are strands of protective DNA that cap the tips of chromosomes within a cell. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres get a little bit shorter. Eventually the telomeres become so small that the cell begins to shut itself down.

Scientists have also linked shortened telomeres to various age-related health problems like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and mental decline. Now, researchers believe they are linked to depression as well.

Researchers said that based on telomere length, study subjects who suffered severe clinical depression for a period of two years actually aged seven to 10 years, when compared to healthy people.

In a study of stress and depression at work: a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress,or burn out, with 83 per cent of those affected experiencing isolation or loneliness as a result. Only half of those feeling lonely or isolated had confided in a colleague, yet nearly three quarters (71 per cent) found that discussing their condition with a colleague helped them feel better. Depression is the biggest mental health challenge among working-age people and often leads to considerable loneliness and isolation at work. However, many companies aren’t properly equipped to manage employees who suffer from depression so providing support to these individuals in the work place.

 

Lifeworksaz.com has worked with adults and families and teens with: depression, anxiety, stress and relationships issues, social issues, and more.

 

teen depression therapy Cognitive behavioral Phoenix Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

 

 

A task force for the Journal of the American Medical Association is updating it’s guidelines for depression screening on Children and Teenagers. The task force back in 2009 suggests that children 12-18 be screened by physicians for depression at each visit. Many children and teens and families do not seek mental health assistance do to a stigma however will see their primary care physician.

Child and teen depression is a major source of disability. It can impact: relationships, motivation, family, grades, mood, sleep, and many other behaviors. The earlier a child or teen receives support from counseling and psychotherapy the quicker balance can be created in the child or adolescent teenagers life.

Over 8 million children and Teens ages 3-18 in the United States meet the criteria for depression. Parents, teachers, and adults have failed to recognize that children and teens get depressed and many due suffer from depressive disorders. Mental health experts and medical experts are working toward educating society on this information.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has shown great results with children, teens, and adults. Children that can learn to manage mood with CBT as well as a number of other tools will feel empowered, in balance, and ready to excel in life. Working with parents as well as the child or teen shows excellent results. A team effort is obviously best according to research on families and children and teenagers.

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 in Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona and serves valley wide.

Smart Phones and Teen Behavior Issues

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Teen Depression, Anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and obesity is on the rise! Grades are heading SOUTH!!

What is creating the above rise in child and teen mental health issues?

Many experts believe it is the rise of the smartphone and social media applications as well as internet use.

In psychology it is well know that spending time with people face to face is a huge predictor for psychological well being.

One of the best measure to prevent mental illness is to spend time face to face with people that are loving and supporting.

The addictive nature of the technology is throwing children and teens out of balance. Children and adolescents are out of balance in spending time with family and loved ones. Youth are addicted to their: video games, smartphones, you tube, instagram, and snapchat. Children and teens are drunk on their technology and out of balance.

Children and teens are not spending enough time exercising. Exercise is vital for physical well being and mental well being. Without 24-7 technology your child is more likely to ride a bike or walk or join a team or individual sport.

Over thirty percent of children and teenagers are overweight and or obese. Diabetes and many other physical health issues are connected to this inactivity.

Research shows that blue light emitted from screens damage your child’s sleep. We also know that poor sleep is connected to poor performance as well as mood and behavioral issues in your child and adolescent teenager.

Many children and teens are performing well below their ability either failing classes or obtaining D’s when they have the ability to receive higher grades. The lack of motivation is connected to using smartphones, and social media , and texting, and internet usage. Children and teens are spending hours and hours entertaining themselves on technology however are not taking the time to do homework or study for tests. Further teens are up in bed receiving and sending texts and photos and videos till 3am etc. This behavior impacts sleep and performance at a very high level.

Children and teen motivation to do activities with family is down. Youth are not motivated to do chores at home when they can immerse themselves in : Netflix, video games, social media, you tube, instagram, snapchat and more.

Parents must set limits on these devices and make it a priority in order to modify behaviors. Teaching children work comes before play is an important lesson for life skills. Teaching children to honor and respect their parents is vital before they are spoiled and entitled with electronic gadgets.

It is possible to modify your child’s behavior. I have worked with parents with children that have: learning disabilities, autism, oppositional defiance, downs syndrome and many other disorders. Obtaining support to help you from a professional is a sign of power and strength.

 

Counseling Teen Depression Phoenix Arizona

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Eighty five percent of teens own or have a connection with a cell phone and it’s considered a very vital element in their lives. Many teens have stated they need their phones and research shows over fifty five percent of teens and children state they are addicted to their phones.

 

Teens and peers and social connections are one of the most important parts of a child or adolescent teens life in their perception .Teenagers want to be connected all the time and have their phones on all day and all night.

 

Research in Child Development journals shows a direct correlation between cell phone use and nighttime cell phone use and: depression, anxiety, sleep problems, mood and behavioral problems, obesity, lack of concentration in academics and elsewhere.

There are many things parents can do to turn these behaviors around and counseling is one route. LifeworksAZ lifeworksaz.com :provides help for parents as well as teens to find balance in mood and family and school and life.

 

Article two on Depression and teens:

 

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 in Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona and serves valley wide. Lifeworksaz.com

 

 

Teen counseling Depression Phoenix Az, Scottsdale AZ, Ahwatukee

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

 

Teenage male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study suggests adequate nutrition in adolescence is important for the refinement of the adult brain and behavior. This also supports nutrition and its relationship to depressed mood and irritability and more.

Lifeworks az looks at all areas  of life that may feed depression or mood problems as well as behavioral issues in a teens life. there are usually more than one component that impacts depression and mood issues for children and teenagers.

There is not one component to behavior problems, anger, disrespect, or
mood regulation issues in children, however, there are a few things
that are important. Eating a healthy diet can help balance out mood .

Eating a well balanced diet daily characterized by vegetables, fruits,
berries, poultry, fish,was associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms and a lower risk of depression. Eating folate is
associated with a decreased risk in depressive symptoms. Vegetables,
whole grains, and fruits are important dietary sources of folate. Eating
processed foods such as: meat that is processed, sugar, manufactured
foods, non organic foods, foods with additives, sugary foods that are
not natural, were associated with depression and depressive symptoms.

Many parents are concerned about side effects of medications and would
prefer a natural approach. Exercise has shown to reduce anxiety and
depressive symptoms in children , teens, and adults. Exercise impacts
the neurotransmitters in the brain and helps re establish positive
behaviors. Exercise that
lasts 30 minutes or more is best however even small amounts of exercise
can help regulate: hormones that cause stress and depressive moods.
Children and teens that exercise 5 times a week will have a tool to manage
depression and mood. It is one tool children and teenagers can use
however there are many other tools and skills that children and teens can use to help manage stress, anxiety, and depressed moods as well as anxiety and anger.
 

 

Depression is on the rise in the USA among children and adolescents is one of the highest reasons for death among youth in THE USA; AMERICA. This includes Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Arcadia, Biltmore, and Ahwatukee, Arizona. It has been on the rise for a very long time.

Depression in children and teens is on the rise and depression is the number one cause of disability in the world. The World Health Org states that by 2020 Depression will be the second largest cause of suffering throughout the globe.

In many cases children and adults are taking antidepressants despite studies in many cases stating they are no more effective than a sugar pill ( placebo) and some cases can lead to suicide and in some cases are extremely dangerous. Strokes increased 45% for women on antidepressants in a study with over 136,000 woman.

The journal of the American Medical Association stated” the magnitude of benefits of antidepressant medication compared with placebo increases with severity of depression symptoms and may be minimal or nonexistent, on average, in patients with mild or moderate symptoms.

There are many studies connecting low cholesterol world wide with the risk of developing depression.

Experts world wide have a variety of reasons and research that supports many rationales behind depression. Many experts believe it has to do with hormones and some believe it is hereditary. It is carried in the genetic code and it is important to look at a family’s history and gene pool to see potential links to depression and bipolar disorders.

Brain inflammation and gut inflammation have links to depression; gluten has been a focal point. Experts believe society and Big Pharma spend all their time focusing on symptoms and there is limited time focusing on prevention. Experts in medicine have made a case for linking gluten sensitivity from many brain disorders like depression and Bipolar disorder. It has also made the link to ADHD, Schzophrenia and epilepsy.

A lack of certain Vitamins like Vitamin D has been connected to increased risk of diseases like depression, bipolar, and many mood disorders. Vitamin D deficiency is not just about an increase in weak bones it is associated with one’s risk for depression!

Deficiencies in omega 3 and lithium orate have been linked to mood problems as well as depression and anxiety.

Above is just one reason why a depressed mood is present in your child, adolescent or an adult. There are many other reasons like sleep habits and diet and negative cognitions, low self esteem, judgmental thoughts, negative thoughts, lack of exercise, trauma, stressors in life from family to work to school to relationships.

Lifeworksaz.com David Abrams has worked with children, teens and adults with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders for over 15 years. He uses a wide array of strategies to address the roots of mood problems as well as behavioral issues to create health and balance in your child and teens life.

counseling Teen Depression: pheonix, Scottsdale, Anthem, Peoria Arizona

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

It is estimated that 2 in 10 teens suffer from depression, however, most teenagers do not use the word depressed they will use the word stressed or feeling down and they may use other words like annoyed or irritated or frustrated or mad to describe their discomfort. This may very well be a red flag for more serious pre- depression like symptoms in your teen or child.

 

Teens will state they are feeling sad or stressed out, or they get really annoyed or very mad and these may be symptoms of pre depression.

 

Many teens and children will display symptoms of increased anger and irritability toward others, family, friends, teachers. Children and teenagers will show a loss of interest in activities they may have once enjoyed. Teens also had difficulty falling asleep and or staying asleep and also were sleeping too much.

 

Children and teens with depressed moods noted school pressure, expectation to excel at school, stress related to homework and tests were expressed in a research study that contributed to depressed moods.

 

Children and teenage adolescents also shared depressed mood was caused by: arguments with family and parents, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, divorce issues, separation, neglect, sexual abuse, changing homes, new schools, losing friends, were some reasons that made children and teen moods head south.

 

Teens also had feelings of sadness to deaths and illnesses and suicides of family members and from peers.

 

Many teens that are feeling depressed and down visited Primary doctors and complained of ulcers, migraines, stomach aches, fatigue, feeling tired.

 

Some teens will express feeling hopeless , helpless, overwhelmed, down or depressed and will state suicidal thoughts and feelings of worthlessness. This must be taken seriously and your child or teenager must be assessed for depression as well as assessed to see what else is going on as far as his or her mental health.

 

The bottom line is your child or teen has stress and he or she has pain and a lot of it is emotional pain and when it is not expressed and dealt with it turns into unhealthy behaviors and may turn into depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse if it is not addressed by a mental health professional that has expertise working with children and teens and families.

 

There are a variety of excellent techniques to treat depression in child and teenagers. One method that is evidence based is CBT Cognitive behavioral therapy. There are other methods like DBT and Mindfulness training as well as talk therapy to address healthy relationships, healthy life habits, healthy self esteem, healthy behaviors, improving self esteem, improving social skills, improving family systems and more. A skilled expert will be able to assess what areas need to be addressed to find desired balance and success in your child and family.

Counseling Teen Anxiety: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Anthem Arizona

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

We all get stressed at times and this is normal however a decline in your child or teens sense of well being is on the increase and must be addressed.

 

Fear or being laughed at, fears of being bullied, fears of being different are all real concerns many youth have when they come to my office and this stress can be paralyzing for youth.

 

When your child or teen is struggling in school, when your child or teen has a bad mood that lasts longer than two weeks, when your child is not participating in activities they enjoy or once enjoyed, when your child is irritable or angry, when your child is sleeping to little or too much, when your child has suicidal thoughts, when your child withdraws from you or friends, when your child is angry all the time; these are just a few red flags that must not be ignored and your child must get professional help from someone who has expertise working with children and teens and families otherwise things will not improve.

 

Parents can spend time talking to their children without screen time, without smart phones, without the tv on, without video games on, and simply listen to your child. This is essential in order to help your child or teen. Listening without judgment and without trying to solve the problem is vital. Listening to what your child thinks and feels is very important to bring your child back to health and balance. Your child may resist however you must be persistent on a daily basis to re connect with your child and be the leader and the parent that facilitates change for your child or teenager.

 

Since 2007 there has been an increase in depression and anxiety among teenagers by over twenty five percent.

 

Anxiety and depression can be tough for anyone to deal with, but couple that with the hormonal overhaul that happens during adolescence, and mental health issues can feel overwhelming when combined with school issues, social issues, family issues and more.

 

 

Research shows that social media and video games can be very addictive for children and teenagers.

 

Many teens feel they are missing out on activities by always looking at what everyone else is posting on instagram, snapchat etc.

 

Being self conscious and perfection seeking can be fueled by air brushed photos and edited images and unrealistic body images posted daily on social media. This can fuel depression and anxiety, OCD and more. Over a thousand selfies are posted every 15 seconds.

 

Over forty five million adults have a mental health condition.

 

No one should ever be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed to tell anyone that they experience mental health problems. We all have mental health and any of us could go through a period where we struggle.

 

The most important thing is to never give up, because I really believe I’m getting better now thanks to finally finding the right treatment and support.

 

It is important to look at all levels of your child’s life. What messages does your child convey about him or herself and life? Are they positive thoughts or critical and judgmental thoughts? How is your child or teens self esteem? How do they feel about their role in the family? How does your child get along and communicate with you and other family members? How does your child perform in school? How does your child feel about his or her abilities to do well in school and what is he or she doing daily as far as after school activities ? How much time is your child spending on : video games, smartphones, testing , social media, video games, you tube, instagram, snapchat etc? How much time is your child involved in healthy activities that are good for his or her body and mind? How much sleep is your child receiving? How is your child’s eating habits? What is the quality of your child’s relationship with you?

 

These are just a few things that have to be addressed to manage stress, anxiety and depression.

 

I have worked with children , teens and families over fifteen years and many times it is more than just one issues that a child is suffering with it could be: social, self esteem, bullying, relationship with family, and grades. All of these need to addressed so your child can find balance, happiness, and success in their life.

 

 

Counseling Depression: Child , Teens, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Peoria Arizona

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Nature and trees and the environment are linked to improved mental health and helps with depression and depressive symptoms in many studies world wide. Nature is a natural healer for those suffering with depression and stress and depressive symptoms. Physical health, mental well being, and self esteem have all been linked to nature in numerous studies. This is just one reason why a child or teen should get off video games, electronics, social media, texting and find a healthy balance. There are many other areas that are linked to depression: negative thinking, stress, relationship issues, diet, sleep, work and much more. It is important to look at all areas that are out of balance to treat depression and depressive symptoms. Lifeworksaz,com works with depression in children, teens and adults.

Hundreds of studies have found a link between physical activity in children and teenagers and lower rates of depression in adults and teens. More research has ben done with children that are five years old and the results are the same. Physical activity on regular basis lowers rates of depression and a depressed mood for children. Depression is on the rise because children are not riding their bikes and they are not joining soccer or basketball or dance or cheer.

Children and teens that exercise and sweat and get their heart rate up and get to breath at an increased rate showed less signs of depression and this is important!

Limiting screen time is not the solution. Parents should set time for daily physical activity for stress and mood management for your children. Having your child’s heart pump and exercise for at least an hour shows a correlation with reduced depression in children and teenagers.

Most children are not physically active and this is a big red flag for mental and physical health. Depression and anxiety are elevated without daily exercise. Research shows obesity and health risks like diabetes without physical exercise. Managing stress and mood management needs physical exercise to naturally keep stress in balance.

Research shows the need for children to experience natural environments often and in a variety of ways. Adolescents and teens and children are spending more time inside the house watching television, playing video games, watching Netflix, watching you tube and playing on smart phones or gaming.

ADHD ( Attention Hyper Deficit Disorder) symptoms decrease at a high rate when your child is involved in daily physical exercise that is rigorous. Attention spans in children and teens with ADHD improves. Paying attention in school and being able to focus increases with physical exercise on a daily basis. Creativity and cognitive thinking and problem solving increases with physical exercise.

Instagram, snapchat, twitter, facebook may likely be contributing to your child and teens depression, and eating disorders according to research at FSU University. Recent studies have shown teenage girls and boys self esteem negatively impacted by social media usage. Time on social media impacted eating habits as well as anxiety in children and teens even when on sites for under thirty minutes. Parents should be extra vigilant with children and teenagers that have emotional, behavioral , and mental health issues be it: aspergers, autism, depression, bipolar, anxiety, substance use etc.

Children and adolescents that are withdrawn in their rooms is a red flag. Youth that have grades dropping. Teens that are not physically spending time with friends at your home.

Children between the ages 0f ten and fourteen have a higher rate of suicide than those killed in vehicle accidents over the past few years. Major depressive disorders are on the rise among children and adolescents. Some believe it has to do with cyber bullying and media and more smartphone use. Depression among children and teens is real and must be addressed and the sooner the better. A teen, child, and family mental health professional can address counseling needs and has experience in this field.

Depression is on the rise in children, teens and adults in America. Depression is becoming very common at schools and at home. A huge rise in depression has been seen in girls in the past 10 years.

Research has shown an increase in depressive disorders over ten percent in the past year in the United States of America an in Arizona. Approximately 200,000 adolescent teens were used for this study.

The rise in depression and suicide is of all cultures and this study highlighted white girls in America.

Adolescent girls have been exposed to an increase in cyberbullying via social media: snapchat, instagram, facebook, texting and much more. There is an increase in smartphone use on a variety of texting applications above and beyond the phones texting and this has been attributed to a decrease in moods among girls.

There are many factors that can contribute to a teens depression. Thoughts about ones future, thoughts regarding college or a job or career. Thoughts about being accepted by peers and friendships. Relationships with family and significant others. Negative thoughts impacting academics, negative thoughts impacting self and self esteem. Negative thoughts about ones ability academically and socially and many more areas can be impacting your child’s mood and depression.

Depression is a huge growing challenge and deadly disorder that must be addressed among adolescent teens in America and Arizona.

Many teen adolescents are keeping their thoughts and depressed moods to themselves. Stuffing an adolescents emotions is the worst possible action when dealing with depression.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescent teenagers in the USA.

In a study at Oxford University that studied over fifteen anti depressants taken by over five thousand adolescent teenagers they found that they did not find significant change in their major depression levels for most of the 5000 children studies. The only drug that showed more improvement than a placebo in teenagers was Prozac. Most experts state counseling and psychotherapy is needed to create change even if a child is taking an anti depressant medication.

Swedish researchers report in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent medicine that dancing improves the mental and physical health of teen girls.

The girls participated two times a week in a dance class compared to girls that did not participate on a dance class. A significant difference of better health was reported by the girls involved in dancing .

Exercise can help in averting depression. Physical activity at least 4 times a week is a great way to manage stress and mood.

Teen girls are bombarded with swim suit models and have challenges finding role models that are not: thin, on tv, on the cover of a magazine etc.

Societies pressure for girls to have the top grades, pressure to join sports teams, pressure to excel and a focus on a performance and overvalue achievements only creates huge teen stress for girls.

The objectification of young females is a pressure cooker if teens have to look like a 20 year old model ( makeup, clothing, accessories, hair etc). The media message to look like a super model is a daily message that bombards women and girls and is not the best way to increase self esteem or create balance in a young girls mind.

Helping children and teens increase self esteem, empower themselves , and motivate them, as well as manage their mood are all possible through counseling. Giving parents tips and tools for strategies they have not used are vital for family dynamics and improving family communication.

In the news recently a teen from MA. sent her boyfriend text messages when he was in a state of depression urging him to kill himself. She is standing trial for Manslaughter. The Grand Jury stated that her texts coerced him into committing the act of suicide and it was a direct and casual link to him killing himself. The teen urged her boyfriend to kill himself and put him down when he stated he was having doubts of killing himself.

Depression is common among teenagers and should be addressed right away through professional services.

The development of the teen brain continues and when the brain is still developing it will be adversely impacted by drug and substance use. The chances of future mental health disorders increases greatly when a teen is using drugs or alcohol.

Stress and trauma from birth on can make many children and teenagers prone to mental health disorders including and not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance abuse and much more. Stress from family fighting and emotional pain can impact mental health disorders. Divorce, separations, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, changing schools, bullying, poor family relationships, grief and loss of family members, and more can impact mood and make teens and children more susceptible toward mental health disorders: eating disorders, Phobias, Mood disorders, substance dependence and more.

Neurological factors and low levels of neurotransmitters can affect emotional balance and stability. This makes mental health  disorders more common.

Sleep disorders and poor sleep have shown a huge connection with depression and mood disorders and teenagers. Simply not getting adequate sleep can have a huge impact on a teens mental health.

Eating health and balanced diets are important for teens and adults for mood balance. Most teens skip breakfast and this impacts mood and concentration in a negative manner.

Some Red Flags that your child or teen is suffering from depression : suicidal thoughts, risky behaviors, impulsivity, sadness, hopelessness, anger, irritability, tearfulness, frequent crying, withdrawal from friends, withdrawal from family, loss of interest in activities, changes in eating habits, changes in sleeping habits, restlessness, agitation, feelings of worthlessness, sensitivity to criticism ,hopelessness, fatigue and low energy, lack of motivation , difficulty concentrating. If your teen has these symptoms one should go to a metal health professional. A depressed mood, lack of interest in activities, feelings of worthlessness, poor concentration, and thoughts of death are to be taken seriously.The length and severity of theses symptoms are important.

Many teens are stressed about: peers and social groups, relationships, family issues and relationships, academics, their future and future path in life and direction.

If their is an emergency you should call 911 or bring your child to emergency. If not professional mental health experts can work with you and your youth to help Counseling.

Lifeworksaz.com specializes and works with children and adolescent teens with depression and anxiety and a variety of mental health issues  as well as families to create balance and learn ways to manage stress and life’s challenges.. Creating balance and success.

Counseling Child Teen Phoenix Arizona, Scottsdale Arizona.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Children’s attention spans have changed with the internet. People feel a sense of anxiety without there phones. Many children and teens feel a sense of panic without there phones. Many children became depressed after they panicked in relation to being separated from their phone. Many children show symptoms of : depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, poor academics, poor social relationships. It is not electronics alone , however, it is a part of the problem children and teens are having daily.

Electronic devices are having an impact on family relationships as well as relationships with peers. Tech devices are interrupting dinner time, meals, leisure activities and much more. Tech devices are the number one reason for children and teenagers not doing homework or studying enough. The bottom line is that relationships suffer due to smartphones, TV, mobile gaming, ipaResearch on Video game and TV watching over the past few decades show that their is a correlation between the time playing video games and watching TV and aggression. Thousands of research study show that the more TV viewing and the more video game the more aggression displayed. Eliminating video games and smart phone games and TV is almost impossible however , setting limits each day on electronic is essential to your child’s success. Children and teens need time to develop: social skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, listening skills, problem solving skills, mood and stress management skills, physical exercise and more. It is clear that their is an imbalance in healthy activities for youth in America.

Diabetes and obesity are sky rocketing. Mood disorders are on the rise. Anxiety, depression, and substance dependence are on the rise. Social skills are on the decline. Insomnia is on the rise. Violence and aggression in youth and conduct disorders are on the rise.

Most parents view video games as” entertainment.” their content is not taken as seriously as that of the passive act of watching TV. After all, most adults today grew up playing pong, pac man, asteroids, space invaders, or defender. Nevertheless, what many parents might not realize is that the challenge for many players today is to rack up points by killing prostitutes after having sex with them. Video games have not only become more violent, the characters have become more real, and the effects that they are having on society, specifically women is shocking. Video games have engaged the “once spectator” to actively participate in addictive violence. Recent studies have undoubtedly concluded that the violence and negative reinforcements in video games have not only successfully promoted violence against women by desensitization, but they have also increased aggressive behavior in children and teenagers to a level that has devastated the lives of many.

Many people are shocked to discover that the video game industry is larger than the film industry. The Interactive Digital Software Association reported that video games are “the fastest growing entertainment industry in America, surpassing books, records and movie box offices combined” (Berger 2002).The video game industry projected sales for 2015 will be 128 Billion dollars annually .In 1997 the video and computer game industry generated 16 Billion dollars in economic activity, this does not include computer and video game hardware sales. In the year 2000 it became a 20 billion dollar industry and is still growing considerably (Berger, 2002). IDSA also reported at the time sixty five percent of all Americans age six and older, or about 145 million people, play computer and video games (Berger 2002). The video game industry has increased exponentially since 2002. It is stated that video games, many times is the initial experience that children have with the computer/ technology world. So, if boys tend to be the primary target of the industry, which, they are, what effect does it have on girls. In 2014 the video game industry generated over 103 Billion dollars in one year.

If a child’s interest begins with games. most common computer games involve violence and aggressive themes have the effect of turning girls away from the computers in general. This is one way of keeping women out of power. After all, these are male dominated industries. Since computer literacy is essential in most jobs, people who are exposed to computers earlier in life have an obvious advantage. The boys who outnumber the girls in gaming, will be the men who out-number the women in the business world. This may lead to the girls becoming less interested in the world of computers as a career. Girls are not the only ones who are not enamored with video games. Parents are unaware of the violence that is being reinforced hundreds of thousands of times in their child’s brain.

Teenagers report that 95 percent of the time their parents do not check the ratings or the content of video games being purchased. Ninety percent of parents do not set limits on how much time their child can play video games.

We have seen an alarming increase in violence and school shooting. Shootings at Paucah, Kentucky, Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Littleton, Colorado were all cases where the shooters were students who habitually played violent video games. The bloody game Doom was Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold’s favorite game ( they wounded 23 and killed 13). Two studies examined violent video games effect on aggression related variables. The first study found that real-live violent video games are positively related to aggressive behavior and delinquency. the second study showed lab exposure to a violent video game increased aggressive thoughts and and behaviors. The results are in line with the General Affective Aggression Model, which predicts that exposure to violent video games will increase aggressive behavior in both the short term and the long term ( Calvert, Jordan, Cocking 2000)

A study of about 329 children and media violence was done over a 21 year period by L. Rowell Huesmann at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Girls and boys participated. This was one of the few studies that followed children into adulthood, which enabled researchers to gauge the long term effects of televised violence. Men in the top twenty percent on childhood exposure to violence were twice as likely as adults to have pushed, grabbed or shoved their wives. The women who scored in the 20 percent were twice as likely to throw something at their husbands. the study concluded that both girls and boys exposed to a lot of televison violence have a greater risk of spousal abuse and criminal offenses, no matter what they were like as children( Ritter, M., 2003). This study was based specifically on violence, however, most video games today are also including very graphic sexually violent images, which are destroying women and the morality of society as a whole.

The effects of viewing sexually violent images was researched and discussed by Ed Donnerstein, Dean and Professor of Communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his study, young adults ages 18-20 were shown a one hour documentary on battered women. After watching the film, the viewers showed less empathy toward the victims. They lowered their evaluation on the level of injury that the women received. They also under estimated the level of pain that must have been experienced. Both men and women were more likely to display indifference toward the victims. many blamed the rape on the ladies and believed that the women brought it to themselves. It is clear that watching these images are negative, however, the video game industry uses reinforcement tactics to hook children, teens, and adults making the game, not just interactive but addictive. Violence in America and against women has increased since the rise of video games across the country. These games are highly addictive and use many psychological reinforcement principles to hook children to wanting to continue to play. Many youth are playing video games 40 hours a week.

Violence was declared the number one health problem for women in 1992, sadly, recent studies have concluded that the problem is not decreasing ( Violence, Women, and the Media, 2000). For example , consider the following statistics: the single major cause of injury to American women is domestic violence, exceeding gang violence, muggings, murders, and accidents ( The Commonwealth Fund, 1993). In the US, one women is raped every two minutes (National Crime Victimization survey, 1996). One in every seven women has been raped in her life time (Daily News, November 18,1998). Also, In America a woman is physically abused every nine seconds ( The Commonwealth Fund, July 1993). In emergency rooms more than one third of American women have suffered physical or sexual abuse ( Sternberg S. 1999) And a staggering thirty percent of women murdered in the US are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends ( national Crime Victimization Survey,1996). Researchers have found that the way the media depicts women influences how women are viewed and treated in society( Violence, Women, and the Media, 2000). For example, many video games are very degrading and often depict women as victims of violence. Also many video games also portray women as sex objects.

In the year 2000 half of the top selling video games contained negative images about girls according to (Children, Now 2000). For example unrealistic body images, high pitched voices,fainting, violence, and provocative sexuality is promoted.

Twenty eight percent of games in a study show women as inferior and powerless. In games like Grand Theft Auto boys are taught women can be treated brutally and this is reinforced in the video game.

Players of Grand Theft Auto get rewarded if they kick and kill the prostitute to death after they have sex with her. Sounds shocking, but it is true and is one of the most popular video games among children and teenagers in the US. After playing for 4-8 hours a day, these acts of violence begin to seem normal.

In the recent shooting at UCSB the 22 year old male stated many phrases in his you tube video regarding slaughtering women and others. He also stated that video games were a way for him to avoid: rejection, loneliness, humiliation, depression, and pain from not having a girlfriend and not having what he wanted sexually and in relationships. The UCSB shooter mimicked many specific phrases from the video game World Of War Craft relating to specific violence and rage. The UCSB shooter also played: Diablo, and Halo as well as many other video games.

Anders Breivik, the right-wing extremist who has confessed to killing 77 people during a murder spree in Norway last summer, played the violent computer game World of Warcraft nearly seven hours a day for several consecutive months before his attack, prosecutors say.

Breivik, 33, already known to have a long history with the online role-playing game, was particularly absorbed by it between November 2010 and February 2011, when he played for an average of 6 hours and 50 minutes per day, according to prosecutors.

Two decades of research had shown that repeated exposure to violence blunts emotional reactions and makes people less likely to help others in need ( Levine, 1996). Perfectly normal people no longer recognize violence because it is so prevalent in the media. People grow numb to violence with repeated exposure via media. People become less responsive to human pain and begin to lose awareness of what it means to be human.

Before the Vietnam War, fewer than 20 percent of soldiers on the front lines would actually fire at the enemy, however, with games such as Doom used as conditioning tools fdor the soldiers, the US military kill rate increased to (0 percent in Vietnam. With video games, our military scientifically overcame the soldier’s innate resistance to killing ( game Over, 2000) Violent video games are the mental equivalent of putting an assault rifle in the hands of every American child. By sitting mindlessly, killing countless thousands of fellow members of their own species without any ramifications or repercussions, operant conditioning concepts transfer immediately when the individual gets a real weapon in their hand and are being taught violence. The recent school shootings in 2008 and 2007 serve as an example of a link between video games and heightened aggressive behaviors.

For the video game child/ teenager or gamer, beating a previous high score, or winning a free game, or having sex with a prostitute is all part of Skinnerian reinforcement. behavior that is followed by reinforcement will increase in frequency. In short, video games that make a child or teen or adult feel good will be played again and again. A partial reinforcement schedule will lead to behavior that occurs more often with and is more resilient to extinction than does a continuous reinforcement schedule. These two effects of partial reinforcement produce what is considered addictive behavior. These irregular schedules of reinforcement are in part, what cause these video games to be so exciting and desirable. Tis kind of reinforcement, which causes addictive behaviors can explain why their is an increase in the video game industry as a whole.

The AMA states that anywhere in the world where TV appears, 15 years later the murder rate doubles. Ten thousand murders per year, 70,000 rapes, and 700,000 assaults. We must consider the impact of violent video games on the minds and behaviors of our society. The evidence is clear violence breeds more violence in the majority of situations.

Many children are having challenges sleeping at night and have great anxiety. The children report that their nightmares are specific to the video games they are playing. Research shows a lack of sleep impacts: mood, anger, depression, and behavior as well as performance.

The 93 Billion dollar Video game industry must be taken seriously. It must start with education and healthy parenting. It must come with boundaries and limitations. It must come with healthy communication and listening to children and teenagers. It must come from healthy role modeling from parents. The video game industry is no different than access to violence on TV or on the internet. Violence and abuse physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually is not ok!

There are 100’s of violent video games out there one is: Call of Duty Black Ops:This gritty, extremely violent military first-person shooter (pictured above) involves constant killing using realistic weapons, with blood and gore pouring across the screen during more intense scenes. Cinematic sequences can be even more dramatic and graphic, with soldiers and civilians alike dying in horrible ways, including graphic melee kills, people burning to death, civilians killed in crossfire, torture, and a shipping container filled with rotting corpses. In one scene, the player steps into the shoes of a villain and goes on a murderous rampage against soldiers, the screen turning red with blood rage as he takes damage. This M-rated game also has frequent profanity, some sexual themes, and drug use.

Do you want your child assaulting woman? Killing prostitutes? Raping people? This is what is going on in many video games above and beyond brutal violence.

Do we really want our children actively involved and engaged in violent games daily; the same type of games that the US military uses to increase kill rates at war? Garbage in garbage out. We must find healthy activities that create health and balance for our youth and violent video games is not the solution.

Written by David R Abrams

MAPC, LPC, CAGS

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Counseling teen Depression Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Arcadia, Chandler Arizona

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Children and teenagers are showing large increases in emergency room visits due to depression and suicidal thoughts and plans to harm others and themselves. The increase at one hospital since 2013 was 80 percent and many are at 30 percent plus. There has been a huge increase in children with mental health problems. Early intervention is important. There are many red flags to look for: behavior changes, mood changes, withdrawl from family, isolation, crying, sleeping too much, sleeping to little, anger, grades dropping., lack of motivation, negative self talk re: self harm or harm to others, talks of suicide, sleeping to much, not enjoying activities once enjoyable. These are only a few red flags there are more and it is important to have a child or teenager assessed by someone whom works with child and teen depression and child mental health issues. Lifeworksaz.com specializes in counseling with child, teens, and families.

Most children and teens go un treated for mental health disorders and specifically depression . Our society seems to believe only adults can be depressed however we know from research that is not the case. Many adolescent teenagers are suffering from depression and they must rely on their parents to bring them in for professional mental health counseling. Parents must legally consent to counseling treatment so youth hands are tied if they are under 18 years old.

There are many elements that can contribute to depression. This list is not extensive however it shows that many areas can be working toward depression. One element is heredity . The biological DNA of parents, grandparents, and family tree suggest from research that genetic cellular makeup may pre -dispose your teen or child to mental health disorders and substance abuse.

The development of the teen brain continues and when the brain is still developing it will be adversely impacted by drug and substance use. The chances of future mental health disorders increases greatly when a teen is using drugs or alcohol.

Stress and trauma from birth on can make many children and teenagers prone to mental health disorders including and not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance abuse and much more. Stress from family fighting and emotional pain can impact mental health disorders. Divorce, separations,verbal abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, changing schools, bullying, poor family relationships, grief and loss of family members, and more can impact mood and make teens and children more susceptible toward mental health disorders: eating disorders, Phobias, Mood disorders, substance dependence and more.

Neurological factors and low levels of neurotransmitters can affect emotional balance and stability. This makes mental health  disorders more common.

Sleep disorders and poor sleep have shown a huge connection with depression nd mood disorders and teenagers. Simply not getting adequate sleep can have a huge impact on a teens mental health.

Eating health and balanced diets are important for teens and adults for mood balance. Most teens skip breakfast and this impacts mood and concentration in a negative manner.

Some Red Flags that your child or teen is suffering from depression : suicidal thoughts, risky behaviors, impulsivity, sadness, hopelessness, anger, irritability, tearfulness, frequent crying, withdrawal from friends, withdrawal from family, loss of interest in activities, changes in eating habits, changes in sleeping habits, restlessness, agitation, feelings of worthlessness, sensitivity to criticism ,hopelessness, fatigue and low energy, lack of motivation , difficulty concentrating. If your teen has these symptoms one should go to a metal health professional. A depressed mood, lack of interest in activities, feelings of worthlessness, poor concentration, and thoughts of death are to be taken seriously.The length and severity of theses symptoms are important.

Many teens are stressed about: peers and social groups, relationships, family issues and relationships, academics, their future and future path in life and direction.

If their is an emergency you should call 911 or bring your child to emergency. If not professional mental health experts can work with you and your youth to help through : family counseling, child or teen psychotherapy, and a combined approach that teachers your child skills to manage life and find happiness and success I all areas of his or her life.

Thirty two million people suffer from Major depression in the United States of America. A large recent research study shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be as effective as using a second generation anti-depressant to treat the depression. The study focused on three anti depressants that are used frequently to treat depression. The three anti depressants were: Wellbutrin, Lexapro, and Prozac. The journal states that both options should be provided for treatment for the almost 20 Percent of people that suffer from depression.

CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy empowers your child to manage his mood, thoughts, and behaviors. A medication will not change your child’s negative or rational or unhealthy thinking. This therapy in conjunction with healthy life choices, boundaries, building self esteem, social skills, and learning to be successful is vital for a child’s life long journey.

There is as much evidence for cognitive behavioural therapy as there is for medications to treat mild and moderate depression, as well as evidence that they have a synergistic effect,” says Dr. Gratzer. “In other words, for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians struggling with depression, Internet-assisted cognitive behavioural therapy offers a cost-effective and empowering way of accessing an important treatment.”

One of the most common types of mental health disorders that children, teens, and women experience is depression. We all have times when we feel: down, low, unmotivated and lack energy however when symptoms occur for over two weeks it may be sign of a depressive disorder, grief and loss and more.

Major depression occurs twice as frequently in women as major depression occurs in men. Depression is a persistant state that will negatively affect ones physical well being and health as well as how one performs, behaves, and ones mood.

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in society however it is not diagnosed due to a number of reasons and it needs to be looked at by a professional in order to help alleviate symptoms that impact ones life.

Many things contribute to depression: grief and loss, loss of friends, changes in relationships, new schools, new life transitions, negative thinking, financial stress, family stress, abuse, genetics, biological predispositions, environmental factors and much much more.

Treatment for depression can include: counseling, coaching, psychotherapy, meds, or a combination of some of the above or all of the above.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence based treatment used in therapy to help with depression and anxiety as well as other disorders. CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors .

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy looks at thoughts to see if the thoughts have distortions in them. By identifying unhealthy thoughts we can change them to healthier thoughts. These healthier thoughts will impact our feelings as well as future behavior in a positive manner .

An example of some cognitive distortions follow :

Black or White Thinking: you look at things in black n white and see little shades of gray or other colors in your spectrum .

Mind Reading: you read others minds and jump to a conclusion that is not supported by facts .

Magnification or minimization: you blow things out of proportion or you shrink their importance .

Labeling: instead of stating you made a mistake you call yourself names .

CBT is a powerful form of therapy and counseling that has evidence and research to support it by the medical as well as the psychological experts.

CBT therapy is based on the fact that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors not external things, like people, situations and events. CBT therapy is a research based therapy w evidence to show positive results. It is rapid in terms of results obtained compared to other therapeutic techniques .

Cognitive Behavioral therapy is considered a brief type of therapy .

The average number of sessions is approx 15.

CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy makes use of homework and is highly instructive in nature.

Rapport with the therapist is important in CBT however the focus is on teaching rational self therapy skills.

Learning what goals you desire and helping you achieve those goals is part of CBT.

CBT is just one of many techniques used to create changes in moods and depression.

LifeWorks AZ counseling provides therapy and psychotherapy for adults , families, and teens in phoenix Arizona.

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