Teen Depression Counselling

Teen Depression Counselling Could Save a Life

As parents, many of us dread the time when our children will hit adolescence and become impossibly difficult teenagers that always know everything. Unfortunately this is not something that can be avoided – it is part of growing up and discovering your place in the world. We’ve all been there. The only problem is that we forget the nature of the issues we had then. Life becomes more serious and tough and we tend to think that teenagers are drama queens for making a fuss about everything. What we forget, however, is that this is a very sensitive period of development. Social connections are made and broken and their minds and bodies change at a tremendous rate. Issues arise that they do not always feel comfortable talking about and this could lead to depression. This is something that should be taken seriously, and if you suspect that your child is suffering from this, you should consider teen depression counselling.

The problem is that teenagers don’t always know how to express their emotions, and often depression is routed into rebellious behaviour and an opposition to authority. Teen depression counselling gives them the opportunity to talk to a professional that they can feel safe with and that can help them discover their feelings, interpret it and deal with it. So how do you know whether your child is suffering from depression? Here are some warning signs for teen depression:

  • Poor performance in school
  • Withdrawal from friends and isolating themselves
  • Sadness and hopelessness
  • Lack of enthusiasm, energy or motivation
  • Anger and rage
  • Poor self-esteem or guilt
  • Lack of concentration or forgetfulness
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Irritability
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Substance abuse
  • Problems with authority figures
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Lack of friends and supportive relationship

Don’t let your child become another statistic. If you realise that they are unhappy and are struggling to deal with it, contact Dr JC Coetzee. He is a qualified professional that provides teen depression counselling and can help your child to overcome the obstacles life throws at them, in order to become a healthy and well-balanced adult.

Dr JC Coetzee Christian Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Centurion, Midstream, Midrand, Pretoria.