Teen and Child therapy
In the last 20 years, we have seen a startling increase in Major Depression among children, especially teens in the U.S.
A review of 2016 statistics estimate that for those in the 12 to 20 age group, there has been a 37% increase in major depression alone. Anxiety and self-harm is also on the rise. Cutting, drug abuse and suicidal thoughts/attempts are experienced at an increasing younger age. Prevalence crosses income levels. For example, 5th and 6th graders have been caught at upper income schools with alcohol and illegal substances. Early use sets the stage for a life long struggle with chemical dependency and addiction.
Why is this occurring? The rise of increased depression and anxiety can be partly attributed to the influence of social media on body image, creating unrealistic expectations for teens disrupting their normal identity development. Social media has also impacted bullying and peer pressure while electronics have made for a lonelier, emotionally detached society for our youth. High divorce rates, time consumed parents and family fracture is also to blame. Considering the high incidence, young people do not receive the treatment they need and deserve.
What is important here is that most people are not aware of the ramifications of untreated depression and other disorders. Depression has a tangible effect on brain function and development, meaning that the longer the mental illness goes untreated, the greater the chance of serious, irreparable harm to the teenager’s brain. Early treatment generally yields a better prognosis.
While adults acknowledge the enormous stress, anxiety and pressures of work, relationships, and family, it may not be so apparent to see it in their children. Depression doesn’t typically manifest or look the same for adults and youth. Isolation, less interaction, poor grades might be the expected signs but anger, irritability and noncompliance are also signs that there is something wrong that warrants attention. Kids usually don’t like talking about their problems to their parents, feeling that they don’t understand them. Most teens are even reluctant to meet with a professional.
It can be difficult to select the right therapist for your child. Some therapists choose to work with specific populations. For example, many therapists might see adults and adolescents but not children. Others might work with only adults while a select handful with solely children. Maybe they are not comfortable with all populations or maybe they lack the expertise. However, this is not the case for Dr. Berman as she is well equipped to handle any population and their respective issues. Dr. Berman has the additional benefit of bringing her not only her professional but personal experience with her own five children. Dr. Berman has a great style and ability to effectively put teens and children at ease when they meet her. Her genuineness and concern is readily felt and appreciated by this special population.
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Almost all of the greatest athletes, sharpest minds, talented, and successful people in our world today turn to a coach, teacher, mentor or therapist for personal development, interpersonal growth and overall well-being. WHY NOT YOU? By working together, you will realize that existing barriers are either self-imposed or challenges to circumnavigate. Dr. Berman understands how difficult and personal it is to find the right therapist for your specific needs. In the very first consultation, she will make it clear and easy for you to decide whether or not this will be a good fit
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