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Teens

Adolescence is the transition to adulthood, a period in which teens figure out who they will become through their experiences with family, academics, peers, social media, and romantic relationships. The brain undergoes significant developmental changes, making them more prone to depression and more likely to engage in risky and thrill-seeking behaviors than either younger children or adults. Today’s teenagers are under a tremendous amount of stress, often leaving parents unsure how to best help them.  If your teen is struggling, it is paramount to have a counselor support them through this difficult time.

 

FAQs about Teens

  • Approximately 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

  • Mental health problems may lead to poor school performance, school dropout, strained family relationships, involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, substance abuse, and engaging in risky sexual behaviors.

  • Depression in teens is on the rise.  Depression (symptoms include low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, and problems with sleep, energy and concentration) increased 37% from 2005 to 2014

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and Orthorexia typically occur in early adolescents or early adulthood.  Change, stress, or weight teasing often triggers these issues.  Assembling a team (such as a dietician, physician, and family members) is imperative to getting better.

 

FAQs about Eating Disorders

  • About 5% of females ages 15-24 met criteria for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder.

  • Binge Eating Disorder is more than three times more common than anorexia and bulimia combined and is also more common than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia.

  • Among female high school athletes in aesthetic sports (gymnastics, dance, swim, etc), more than 40% reported disordered eating and are more likely to incur an injury.

  • Anorexia is the third most common chronic disease among young people, after asthma and type 1 diabetes.