Teenage mental health issues are becoming more prevalent every day. At his practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD, LCSW, offers compassionate psychological care for teenagers coping with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and addiction. If you’re concerned about your teenager’s mental health, call Dr. Kushaba or schedule a consultation online today.
Adolescence is an exciting and challenging time of life. Not only are your hormones out of control, but you’re also trying to figure out who you are and establish independence. Around 20% of teenagers have some type of mental health issue, which can make these years even more confusing to navigate. Some common problems faced by young people today include:
Depression causes intense, persistent, and pervasive feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and despair. It can interfere with your ability to function at school or work and disrupt your relationships with friends or family.
Anxiety causes persistent and distressing worries that are typically disproportionate to the subject. Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common type of anxiety and causes fear or nervousness about day-to-day concerns like projects at school. Other types of anxiety disorders include separation anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, and specific phobias.
While eating disorders are more common in young women, teenage boys can also develop anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder. While extreme weight loss is a sign of anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder might not affect your weight. It’s also important to remember that eating disorders are far more complicated than body image issues.
Bipolar disorders are mood disorders that cause swings between mania and depression. Bipolar disorder is relatively rare but typically emerges in late adolescence or early adulthood. Your symptoms change depending on whether you’re in a manic or depressed episode.
Many teenagers experiment with drugs or alcohol, which can lead to addiction. Addiction changes the parts of the brain that control judgment, decision-making, and impulse control and can lead to a lifetime of health problems, low self-esteem, and failure to thrive.
If your child has a sudden change in temperament or withdraws from friends and family, it could be a sign of a problem. You teenager might not talk to you about their concerns or try to hide harmful behaviors like not eating, using drugs, or self-harming. However, if you think that your child’s behavior is abnormal or potentially dangerous, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kushaba.
Dr. Kushaba provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment for teenagers to express their thoughts and feelings without having to worry about the reactions of their friends and family. By providing a place for young people to open up, Dr. Kushaba can help them explore and resolve their thoughts, feelings, and fears. He teaches strategies for coping with negative emotions and making healthy choices.
Call Dr. Kushaba today or schedule an appointment online if you’re concerned about your teenager’s mental health.