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Children / Teen Counseling

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Children and Teens

 

Just like adults, children and teens may experience mental health issues. From anger issues to substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD.


Regardless of the issue, counseling can help. Assisting children and teens with mental health issues at an early age can make a tremendous difference in their lives now, and in the future. At San Antonio Authentic Counseling in San Antonio, Texas, we understand how important it is to receive care during this vulnerable time. If you or your child are struggling, get in touch with us today to schedule your first therapy session.

What Are Some of the Common Issues Kids and Teens Face?

 

Depression

 

People of all ages can suffer from depressive disorders, which will negatively affect the way you feel, think, and act. Highly treatable, depression often causes a loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, feelings of sadness and distress, and the ability to concentrate and function at school and home. It can lead to other emotional and physical problems if left untreated. 

 

Trauma & PTSD

 

PTSD can develop from experiencing or witnessing events such as combat, natural disasters, accidents, and assaults, including sexual assaults, and other acts of violence. Intrusive thoughts, avoidance issues, sleep disorders, and depression can result. 

 

Anxiety

 

While anxiety can simply be a part of daily life, anxiety disorders cause frequent, extreme fear, worry, and even terror. Some anxiety builds to a debilitating peak known as a panic attack.  

 

Relationship and Identity Issues

 

Children and teens may be experiencing issues with identity or relationships such as peer relationships, romantic relationships, gender concerns, LGBTQ, and transgender issues.

 

​Counseling can help kids and teens to work through and move beyond issues they may be experiencing. 

 

Substance Abuse Issues

 

People of all ages can develop issues with substance abuse, but teens are at an extremely stressful and vulnerable age for them, including abuse of alcohol and other drugs. From peer pressure to self-medication for other mental health issues, dealing with substances can be a difficult situation, but one which skilled counseling can help.

Other Mental Health Issues Children and Teens May Experience

 

Children and teens may experience or act out additional mental health issues, such as:

 

  • Anger Management

  • Behavioral Issues both with peers, in the classroom, and at home

  • Bipolar Disorder, which like depression and anxiety, can appear at a young age

  • Chronic Illness - physical illnesses and debilitating accidents can both cause mental health issues

  • Chronic Impulsivity

  • Codependency, with peers, parents, or a romantic partner

  • Coping Skill issues

  • Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Grief, which may be the underlying cause of depression and PTSD

  • Life Transitions, whether from physical or emotional changes

  • Oppositional Defiance

  • Parenting and Peer Relationships

  • School Issues, from academic stress, peer interactions, or concentration and anxiety issues

  • Self Esteem Issues, which are particularly common in childhood and adolescence

  • Self-Harming

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Stress

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Teen Violence

How Can Mental Health Issues for Children and Teens be Treated?

Both kids and teens, just like adults, can greatly benefit from a variety of therapeutic interventions and psychotherapy, as well as medications, such as SSRI antidepressants for depression issues.

 

If you would like to know more about counseling for children and teens, and how we can help at San Antonio Authentic Counseling, please reach out to us today!

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