Stress, anxiety and depression are becoming an increasing problem in adolescents and children. Some of the issues that contribute to these things include academic pressure, physical and emotional changes, family conflict, divorce and bullying. Mental health issues generally present differently in adolescents and children and usually warrant special approaches and techniques which are often more creative and interactive in nature.
Our brains are not fully developed until after we reach adulthood. The amygdala, which is responsible for immediate reactions, develops very early. The frontal cortex, however, which is in charge of reasoning, impulse control and higher level decision-making is not fully developed until much later. There are also many changes in the connections between brain cells and brain pathways in teenage years, that help cells communicate. All of this means that the brains of children and adolescents behave differently. They are more likely to overreact, engage in risky behaviors, and need help navigating social situations.
Growing up is inherently challenging, and depending on internal or external conditions, the experience can become overwhelming for parent and child alike. Rather than minimizing or ignoring emerging issues, therapy can help children and teens manage feelings and build strength and resilience that will also help them thrive as successful, happy adults.
COMMON SIGNS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN KIDS AND TEENS
· Stress management techniques
· Communications skills
· Emotional literacy
· Creative expression
· Behavioral modification within the family
· Mindfulness skills
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