The teen years can be an emotionally turbulent time. Hormones are raging, bodies are changing, and the pressures of school, extracurriculars, and social dynamics weigh heavily. It’s no wonder that many teens struggle with their mental health and emotional well-being during this period of development. The good news is, there are many resources and coping strategies available to help teens maintain good mental health.
According to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, up to 20% of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood. The teen brain is still developing, and changes in hormone levels can impact mood and motivation. The best ways to combat teen depression are through professional mental health counseling and medication. Speaking to a therapist or counselor can help teens work through challenging emotions and give them strategies to improve their mood and motivation. Antidepressant medications may also provide relief from symptoms when combined with therapy.
Anxiety is another common issue, with up to 30% of teens experiencing an anxiety disorder. The pressures of school, relationships, and activities can fuel feelings of being overwhelmed, worried, and fearful. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is an effective treatment, teaching teens to challenge negative and anxious thoughts.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and limited screen time has been shown to positively impact teen mental health, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Relaxation and mindfulness techniques can also be very helpful, according to the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
For parents, it can be hard to know how to support your teen. Open communication, spending quality time together, and seeking help when needed are great places to start. Remember, mental health issues are common and treatable. With the right care plan and encouragement, teens can learn how to take charge of their mental health.
The therapists at Atlanta Specialized Care are skilled in treating a range of teen mental health issues including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and identity development. They utilize evidence-based techniques and tailor treatment plans to each teen’s unique needs and situation. Therapists work closely with parents and schools to provide a comprehensive support system for teens. With two offices conveniently located in Dunwoody and Alpharetta, teens can receive confidential counseling and support.
The teen years do not have to be defined by mental health struggles. With expert help from our therapists and the right coping skills, teens can thrive and learn skills that will benefit them for life. The specialists at Atlanta Specialized Care are here to help local teens and their families navigate the challenges of the teen years.