Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions in teenagers, and they can have a significant impact on their well-being and functioning. Fortunately, there are many effective treatments available that can help teenagers manage these conditions and improve their quality of life. In this blog, we will explore some treatments for anxiety and depression in teenagers.
At the nCenter we offer neurofeedback which we find to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression with teens. However, we believe that it’s important to use neurofeedback in conjunction with counseling and/or nutritional counseling. At the nCenter we have counselors who focus on teens in their practice and our nutritional counselor understands the impact of the body, particularly the gut, on anxiety and depression. We note that this integrative approach often helps a teen relieve some of the suffering they experience from anxiety and depression.
In counseling, your teenager can learn to identify and change negative patterns of thinking and behavior that contribute to their symptoms. They can also learn coping skills and strategies to manage stress and anxiety. Mindfulness-based counseling is also an effective treatment for anxiety and depression in teenagers, and we use this approach at the nCenter. Mindfulness involves being present in the moment and accepting one’s thoughts and feelings without judgment. When your teen’s counselor is present with them, the counselor is being mindful and present and this attachment focused therapy can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
We also provide Family Therapy and counseling for parents who are interested in developing a way to be with their teen that supports their relationship. Family therapy involves the entire family, and it focuses on improving communication and strengthening relationships. It can help teenagers feel more supported and understood, which can improve their mental health.
In addition to these treatments, it is important for teenagers to practice good self-care habits to manage their anxiety and depression. This includes getting enough sleep and having a healthy diet which our nutritional counselor can support you and your child with. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she can also ‘get to the root’ of whatever ails your teen physically. Physical issues can negatively impact your teens mental health and should be addressed.
It is also important for teenagers to learn how to develop healthy coping skills, such as journaling, meditation, or spending time with friends and family. These may be difficult to implement, but it’s important to demonstrate these behaviors as a parent so that your child can learn by observation how to best care for themselves.
It’s also important to remember that exercise and physical activity are important in reducing anxiety and depression in teenagers. Exercise can help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals. It can also help teenagers feel more energized and improve their sleep quality. Joining a local gym or purchasing equipment for your home, participating in winter and school sports all help in reducing anxiety and depression in teens.
In conclusion, anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions in teenagers, but there are many effective ways you can support your teen to manage these conditions. Neurofeedback, counseling, nutritional counseling, mindfulness-based therapies, family therapy, exercise, and good self-care habits can all be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in teenagers. It is important for teenagers and their families to work with qualified healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that meets their individual needs. With the right support, teenagers can learn to manage their anxiety and depression and improve their overall well-being.