Teenage Counselling London
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder. These can often be a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Why Teenage Mental Health Is Important
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) poor mental health can have important effects on the wider health and development of adolescents and is associated with several health and social outcomes such as higher alcohol, tobacco and illicit substances use, adolescent pregnancy, school dropout and delinquent behaviours. There is growing consensus in psychological research that healthy mental development during childhood and adolescence contributes to good mental health and can prevent mental health problems later in adulthood.
Why Teenagers May Need Psychological Help
Adolescence is a major transition period in the development of a person. Physical, emotional and mental changes take place as the young person transits from childhood to adulthood. During this time many challenges may arise such as dealing with body changes, changes in school, sexuality and relationships with parents and friends. A young person may find it challenging to work out their identity and also what they want to do with their lives. They may also struggle with bullying at school, exam stress and exposure to drugs and alcohol. These circumstances can leave the young person vulnerable to becoming stressed, anxious, depressed, developing an eating disorder or using substances or self-harming to cope with their feelings.
What Is Available If I Need It?
There are different forms of psychological treatment to help young people manage their mental health. Some are:
Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) is an effective treatment for young people who have depression. It is 12 weeks in duration and helps young people utilise the support available to them to aid recovery from depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a helpful treatment to challenge problematic thoughts, emotions and behaviours that the young person may have and replace them with healthy ones.