Children and adolescents are complex, and parents are not given an instruction manual with their infants. Parents worry constantly about how they grow, develop, and what kind of person they will become. Sometimes, parents are simply facing issues with their child that they do not know how to handle. Many children and adolescents stumble as they are growing and families find that they need the help of therapy. A wide range of problems can be addressed through therapy.
According to Kelly Sanders, a therapist, "Therapy for children and teens focuses on the interpersonal relationships of the child/adolescent as well as the family members, how they relate to each other, communicate, and individuate. Family Systems helps to look at the interactions of each member, how they communicate, and helps each individual to learn how to interact in a healthier way."
Jeffrey Gallup, a child and family therapist, elaborates, "A good therapist will work to address the concerns of the child/adolescent, while helping the family to grow and heal. Children grow through a variety of developmental milestones--physical and psychological. As they struggle to resolve their psychological development, they need the love, support, and structure provided by their parents and guardians. When you or your children are struggling with the problems of childhood or adolescence, a call to a therapist who specializes in working with children and adolescents can help you to decide if therapy is right for your family."
With the onset of puberty (which can begin by the age of 11 or in some cases even earlier) hormones are in full motion, influencing changes in the body. Since anxiety and depression can be a symptom of these changes, doctors may recommend anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications. Medication may help, but it is not the total solution. Nutrition can also be addressed in growing youth because when the body is healthy with good foods and regular exercise it can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Knowing how the brain functions and grows during the adolescence stage will also help prepare the teen and the parent on how they can cope with physical changes. - Provided by Kelly Sanders
Last updated: 04-06-2015
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