Many adolescents have mild depression and increased anxiety over their school and social life that typically subsides. But if your child has become increasingly isolated from friends, is doing more poorly in school or is uncharacteristically withdrawn, agitated or sad, therapy can help. A recent death, a divorce, a marital separation or a change of schools can cause these changes. Teenagers can also become particularly depressed and lonely when they feel different from their peers, if they are confused about their sexual preferences and behavior or gender roles, or when they are unduly worried about college and their future. The advent of social media has changed the landscape of childhood, enabling the increase of bullying and gossip.
Within a warm, non-judgmental environment, I work with teens to develop better coping skills, and I am
available to discuss these concerns with other professionals, i.e. teachers, guidance counselors, doctors, tutors -- if and when it is appropriate.