Adolescence

Lifetime prevalence of any psychiatric disorder ( mild or serious) in 13-18 years old people in the United States is at 46%. 

Various anxiety disorders (like Phobias, Generalized anxiety disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders etc) are at the top of the list with 25% lifetime prevalence rate, followed by Mood disorders ( 14%), ADHD (9%) and Eating Disorders nearly 3%.

Children with anxiety disorders are least likely to have received treatment in the last year. females are 50% less likely to receive treatment than males.

 The prevalence  of depression ( presence of depressive disorders) increases as we go from children to early adolescence to middle and then late adolescence.  It ranges between 7% to 14%.  There is gender difference as well, with girls showing a higher prevalence than boys.

These illnesses must be recognized and treated quickly with appropriate treatment either with counseling and therapy or medication/s or a combination for a good outcome. 

Adolescence can be a very difficult time for teens. It is a time of significant growth and change. Changes can occur so quickly that it can leave both teens and parents feeling overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. During these changes, families can feel high amounts of conflict and arguments in daily life. Even the age-appropriate tasks such as separation and individuation can appear more like rebellion and risk taking rather than healthy development. Adolescents often respond to these developmental changes by becoming moody, sullen, rebellious and even secretive. It is important that adolescents have the ability to grow and develop and for that at times, they may need some extra support or understanding.

Teens are susceptible to struggles with self-esteem, depression, bullying, anxiety, identity issues, peer pressure, and substance abuse. It is important that we provide services for teens that are having difficulties adjusting to these changes and challenges. Through therapy services, we can help teenagers feel understood, heard and respected. In addition, we can help adolescents work on their relationship with their parents and help parents adjust and communicate with their teen. It is important that teens have someone to turn to and feel supported during this transitional time in their growth.

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