Children and Adolescents
A central task for all parents is teaching their children and adolescents how to deal with stressors, pressures, and demands so that as they move into their adult life they are able to cope effectively. How a child responds to a difficult time will be influenced by how the parents help them deal with life crisis they experience. The very essence of a crisis demands that a person searches and explore new methods of coping and developing alternatives for dealing with it.
It is common for children and adolescents to feel sad or to behave badly at times. However, if you are not sure, call us and let us know about your concerns. Overall, if you see severe and persistent troubling behaviors, immediately seek professional help. The following questions will help to clarify if there is a problem and help you to effectively communicate your concerns to our therapists.
1. Is the child extremely fearful? Those this worry and fear is excessive in comparison to other children your child’s age?
2. Does the child want to be alone all the time?
3. Does s/he avoid family and friends?
4. Does the child seem to have lost interest in things s/he used to enjoy?
5. Is the child angry most of the time?
6. Does s/he cry a lot?
7. Does the child overreact to things?
8. Is the child easily distracted and does s/he seems to have a poor concentration?
9. Does s/he have trouble making decisions?
10. Has the child’s school performance gone down?
11. Does the child is displaying inappropriate sexual behaviors?
12. Are there unexplained changes in the child’s sleeping or eating habits?
13. Does the child feel that life is too hard to manage or is s/he easily overwhelmed?
14. Does the child talk about suicide?
Warning Signs of Adolescents
The adolescents can be tremendously fun and interesting, but can also be tough for both the parent and the child. Adolescents experience a lot of stress:
1. To be liked
2. To do well at school
3. To get along with their family
4. To define who they are
5. To plan for their future
6. To manage negative peer pressure (substance abuse, social media, sex, etc.)
7. To deal with constant physical and emotional changes
Most of the pressure cannot be avoided and worrying about it is natural. However, if your teen is feeling sad and depressed, hopeless, worthless or overwhelmed, these could be warning signs that s/he may need counseling services. Those problems are real, painful, and can become severe. They can lead to increased difficulty and stress, such as family conflict, school problems, and academic failure.
For more information or to make an appointment please contact Irene Rodríguez, LMHC by phone (954) 376-0496 or by email: email@example.com.