Palatine Ridge Counseling therapists are trained to work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues

Common Issues for Adolescents

Adolescents, like people of all ages, can experience a wide variety of mental health issues. Not only that, this time is marked by many transitions, between their changing bodies and minds, issues with school and friends, and life-altering events like parents getting divorced or losing a grandpa or pet.

Many teens struggle during this time of life with different issues that might bring them to therapy, including:

  • Academic Issues: School can become progressively more challenging for adolescents as they navigate peer relationships, college applications, learning disabilities, and standardized testing while dealing with whatever other challenges they face outside of school.
  • Anxiety: Anxiety is extremely common among adults, and can also be found in children and adolescents. Symptoms of anxiety can overlap with a variety of medical conditions, so it’s important to speak with a therapist in Palatine to determine if anxiety is the source of the issues.
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): ADHD is most commonly diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Beyond medication, there are certain behavioral interventions that can help teens with ADHD be as successful as possible.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Most people with autism are diagnosed in early childhood. As a teenager, there are a variety of new social issues that come up, and it can often be helpful for teens with ASD to seek counseling.
  • Bullying: Teens often face bullying, sometimes in school and sometimes online. Teens who are bullied may face a variety of mental health problems, including low self-worth, difficulty concentrating, depression, self-harm behaviors or thoughts, and eating disorders.
  • Depression: Depression can occur at any age, yet many teens go untreated. If your teen has been exhibiting symptoms such as sadness, irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in their passions, a therapist may be able to help.
  • Divorce: Divorce has a major impact on the whole family, and it’s important that everyone gets the support that they need. If you are separating from your partner, getting your teen mental health help can help them adjust much better to the change.
  • Oppositional and Defiant Disorder (ODD): ODD is usually diagnosed in childhood. In adolescence, this can be very impactful on academic performance as well as a teen’s family and social life.
  • Parental Conflict: As teens form their own identities, it’s common for them to rebel against their parents. This can cause conflict in the family. Teens may need help navigating their new dynamics with their parents.
  • Self-Harm: Teens are at the highest risk of self-harming behavior. If you discover that your child has been harming themselves, it’s imperative to address the behavior and the root of the cause as soon as possible by meeting with a therapist.
  • Sibling Conflict: Siblings fighting is hardly a new phenomenon, but it can cause mental harm to a teen and the family as a whole if it becomes dysfunctional.

What Adolescent Therapy is Like

Adolescence is a challenging life stage. Having a trusted therapist can help teens to develop better coping skills while they cope with the natural ups and downs they will experience.

In therapy, we start by establishing a trusting relationship with the teen so that they can feel comfortable opening up. Teens often put up emotional walls to protect themselves from pain. Therapists have the skills and experience necessary to help break down those walls and identify the root cause of their problems. From there, the therapist and client work together to help develop healthy coping mechanisms and other tools to help enhance communication and facilitate personal growth.

If you’re looking for support for your teen, we can help. Contact Palatine Ridge Counseling to schedule an adolescent therapy session today.