Adolescence is a time of profound changes as young people leave childhood and enter a new and challenging phase of life. It is not easy to navigate changing bodies, the mounting responsibilities, trying to make new friends and possibly losing old ones. Transforming into a teenager can be a time of extraordinary pressure. Under the overwhelming demands of this awkward life-stage, young people can find themselves experiencing a range of negative or confusing emotions. If left unacknowledged, these emotions can become acute, leading to depression and in the worst case scenario—to suicidal thoughts and actions. If you or someone you know is experiencing distress, therapy with a family therapist at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can help.
Symptoms of depression in adolescence are similar to depression in adults; however, one should guard against mistakenly dismissing signs such as moodiness, excessive changes in appetite and irritability as merely typical “teen behaviors.” While carefully avoiding hasty conclusions or labelling.
Family therapy at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can comprehensively assess how a young client struggling with depression is affected by various relationships. By coming to understand what is happening at home, at school, or with friends, the therapist is able to map out connections that help examine and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms.