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Teen Mental Health in Crisis: What to Do?

The teenage years are very crucial for the development of a person, a period when one’s personality is formed. That’s why it is unfortunate that there is an ongoing mental health crisis affecting teens today. This crisis is the main reason why there is a definite need for teen therapy. 

This article will discuss what can be done to deal with the often misunderstood and confused teenagers who are having a hard time dealing with the world. 

Admit that there is a Problem

One of the reasons why the teen mental health crisis has reached this stage is because some people deny that there is something wrong.

The first step in resolving this crisis is to admit that there is an ongoing problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics together with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children’s Hospital Association has taken that step by declaring a national emergency when it comes to child and teen mental health. However, it doesn’t require an official declaration to show that there is an ongoing problem.

Teens are angry, sad, frustrated, anxious, and embarrassed. Sometimes, people don’t see anything wrong with teenagers showing those emotions—they say that’s how teens normally behave. What they don’t understand is that a lot of young people are feeling alone, lost, scared, and guilty to a degree that’s not normal.

Teen Therapy is the Solution

The solution to the mental health crisis that we are seeing now is teen therapy. While some of these feelings that are causing all these problems are hormonal, some can be resolved through proper treatment. 

The basis of effective therapy is a strong relationship with other people. The therapist must know how to navigate around all of the negative emotions that a young person is feeling to derive the more positive ones during their sessions. A counselor can help a teen to feel happy, relieved, content, peaceful, loved, supported, and safe.

Of course, undergoing teen counseling is not a guarantee that all mental health issues will go away. That depends on a lot of things.

Treatment and Approaches

What are the treatments used in teen therapy sessions?

Those sessions will usually start with an attempt to treat the underlying psychological issues that are causing anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Therapists will try to figure out what could be causing the mental health problems, these may include childhood trauma, which is a known common cause.

Once that has been accomplished, the next thing to do is to move on to broader goals and visions. The therapist will help the teen to navigate challenges that he or she might be facing on a daily basis. One of the best outcomes of therapy is to establish a strong relationship between the teen and the therapist.

Get the Professional Help You Need with the Keil Psych Group Today!

At Keil Psych Group, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality mental health care and support to teens in need of help.

We are genuinely passionate about what we do and have a great deal of empathy for the patients who visit us. We are eager to get to know you, comprehend your particular issues, and meet you where you are.

If you have questions and want to know more about teen therapy, get in touch without our team. Dr. Mitch Keil is experienced with child and teen therapy and can provide high-quality mental care and psychotherapy to those in need. You may email us at [email protected] or contact us at 714-334-5497 at Keil Psych Group today!

Dr. Mitch Keil
Dr. Mitch Keil

Dr. Mitch Keil is a licensed clinical psychologist in Newport Beach, CA. His specialities in treatment cover a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and grief/loss for teens, young adults, and adults. As a part of his dedication to the field, Dr. Keil receives regular supervision, support, continuing education, and training for his private practice. He is a lifelong learner and practitioner who is passionate about mental health, philosophy, and psychology.

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