Adolescents and teenagers are in a phase of life where they are training to gain more independence. It’s also a phase of life in which adolescents and teenagers are going through physical and emotional changes as they undergo puberty. Adolescents may have life events that pair with genetic predispositions that lead to disruptions in their functioning at school and in their relationships with peers and family members. A complex phase of life, adolescents and teenagers often can benefit from talking to a licensed clinical psychologist to sort out their thoughts, feelings, and emotions while getting evidence-based care.
Some of the following events can trigger mental health concerns for some adolescents:
- Changes in the family structure (divorce/separation)
- Moving to a new city or school
- Grief in experiencing death for the first time
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Being bullied or teased
Adolescents, like adults, can struggle with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, behavioral problems, isolating, missing school, irritability, insomnia, and substance use. Though many of our evidence-based treatments for these specific concerns are similar for adults and adolescents, our therapists know the best way to deliver these strategies in a way that the adolescent can receive and implement them. Occasionally family therapy also becomes part of the treatment.