Therapy isn't about changing who you are. It's about changing how you experience your life to help you become the best version of yourself.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rockville Centre, NY
The negative thoughts, extreme ways of thinking, relationship between what we feel/think/and do is at the heart of what CBT is.
Traditional "talk therapy" just doesn't work with many kids. Why? Have you ever had an in-depth, emotionally-based verbal conversation with a child (ahem...or teen)? I know I haven't. It's not that children don't want to get these feelings out, but they aren't yet at the developmental level where they can do so through words. Think of it this way... if words are how adults communicate, then for children play is their language and Toys are their words!
Every single one of us, can at some point be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder. What is it? Well, it basically describes a time when an individual is having a tough time dealing with an identifable stressor. That sounds almost....normal. Right. Not everything needs to be pathologized (I've now hit my "big word" quota for the day). But if it's something that is causing you stress or difficulty in your life, then it matters regardless of now "normal" it may be.
Aaah Anxiety....the diagnosis that is, at least in my mind, is THE most common, period. The best way I can describe generalized anxiety as the fear of nothing, and everything at the same time. It's exhausting. OR, worrying about when they worry is going to come back. It's exhausting. OR, think about having a Mexican jumping bean taking up your entire body to the point that you have all of this pent up nervous energy and no where for it to go. It's (wait for it), exhausting.
I'd list all of the stressors that teens go through, but I'd probably exceed my 500 character text limit. Teens aren't big children, but they aren't small adults. Not only are they dealing with "typical" teenage "stuff", but they're facing these issues in a way that no earlier generation ever had. Why? Technology and social media. What makes me an expert on teen issues? I've worked clinically for many years in the schools and see the daily life stressors that they face. #thestruggleisreal