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Adolescence Therapy

Does your teenage son appear depressed, anxious, isolated or irritated?

Adolescents nowadays face many challenges in school and at home. They might be constantly getting into arguments with family members or friends, feeling lonely or isolated, they might start having problems in school, or have a sense of not fitting in.

Some teenagers even make a choice to lose their own identity in order to fit in. In the process they get confused about what they want and who they are. In some cases, they go against their better judgment and morals and get involved with drugs or alcohol, start having unprotected sex, or get into criminal activities.

 

Objectives of the Adolescence Phase are:

  • Adapting to a new body image

  • Defining their new identity in reference to new experiences & values

  • Socially integrating as they become more independent from their former relations

  • Slowly adapting the role of an adult is not an easy task and the role of the adults around is important, because although adolescent don't feel well understood, adults will have to avoid making them feel rejected.

 

Behavioral Changes that may indicate that your son needs help:

  • Sudden drop in grades

  • Smoking or drinking

  • Changes in friends especially with drug users

  • Big changes in personality

  • Has constant thoughts and fears about their personal safety or safety of family members

  • Does not want to go to school

  • Complains often of headaches, stomach aches and other sickness

  • Has trouble sleeping or nightmares

  • Has unexplained feelings of sadness and loneliness

  • Doesn't care about his favorite activities

  • Feels angry and hostile towards people and surroundings

  • Fights or argues with others

  • Has trouble sitting still or concentrating

  • Runs away from home

  • Shows significant weight loss or gain

  • Worries bad things will happen

  • Talks about death or suicide

 

If you are a teenager or if your son is experiencing any of the behavioral changes listed above, please contact me to determine if we are a good fit to help him start on his healing journey.  Let's work together to improve your relationship with your son, his self-esteem, develop better communication skills, and get some direction in his life.

 

 

Also, has the time your son spent on his computer or cellphone become excessive and compulsive?  If so, then he might have a problem, to learn more about how the Internet has affected our youth, please click below

 

 

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

~ Mark Twain

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Assessments:

Internet Addiction Screening

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Beck's Depression

Anxiety Test