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Teen Depression and Anxiety: Impact on Academic Performance, Extracurricular Performance, Social Life, Self-Esteem, and Worth


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As a parent, seeing your teenager suffer from depression or anxiety can be heartbreaking and overwhelming. You want to support them but often don't know where to start.


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression and anxiety are among the most significant mental health problems facing teenagers today, affecting approximately one in three.


These emotional struggles manifest themselves in different ways, each presenting a unique challenge for the teenager and their parents.


As a mental health specialist in teen counseling, I have seen firsthand the negative impact that depression and anxiety can have on a teenager's academic performance, extracurricular performance, social life, self-esteem, and self-worth.


In this blog post, I will provide you with some insights into these emotional challenges, how they affect teenagers, and how parents can help.


Symptoms of Teen Depression and Anxiety


Some common signs of depression in teens include:


  • Makes negative comments about themselves and their future

  • Experiences sadness or irritability

  • Lacks energy and enthusiasm even for things that they once found enjoyable

  • Sleeps too little or too much

  • Has changes in their eating habits


Some common signs of anxiety in teens include:


  • Overthinks things

  • Worries too much about what might happen

  • Avoids social activities

  • Experiences fear and panic attacks

  • Has physical ailments such as fatigue, sweating, and racing thoughts


Impact of Teen Depression and Anxiety on Academic Performance


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Academic Performance


Depression and anxiety can have a significant impact on a teenager's academic performance, sometimes resulting in a decline in grades and attendance.


When a teenager is dealing with depression or anxiety, they may find it difficult to concentrate, study, or even complete homework assignments.


Extracurricular Performance and Social Life


For many teenagers, extracurricular activities and social events are a vital part of their lives. The symptoms of depression and anxiety can make it tough for teens to participate in activities they previously enjoyed or even be present in social situations.


This can also lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and a struggle to connect with peers.


Self-Esteem and Self-Worth


Teens who suffer from depression and anxiety may find that their sense of self-worth and self-esteem begins to suffer. They may be overly critical of themselves and struggle with feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and a lack of confidence.


These feelings can lead them to feel more isolated from their peers and negatively impact their overall mental health.


The Impact of Depression and Anxiety as a Teen and in College


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It is important to note that if teen depression and anxiety do not receive treatment, these conditions can follow a person into their adult years.


The negative effects of untreated depression and anxiety can continue to impact a person's mental health, academic performance, and relationships into their college years.


College is often a challenging time for young adults, with academic, social, and financial pressures adding to the stresses of daily life. College students suffering from depression and anxiety often find it tough to manage these challenges and may require extra support or counseling to help them navigate through these years successfully.


How to Help a Teen Struggling with Depression or Anxiety


If your teen is struggling with depression or anxiety, you may feel helpless, but there are things that you can do to help them. Here are three tips that you might find useful:


Start the conversation


It's important to talk to your teenager about their mental health and to ask questions. Opening up the conversation is often the first step in getting them the help they need.


Seek specialized counseling


Seek out a specialist in teen counseling to help your teenager overcome the challenges of depression and anxiety. A teen mental health specialist can provide valuable support and guidance and equip your teenager with coping mechanisms to manage their mental health.


Encourage healthy habits


Encourage your teenager to develop healthy habits, such as regular physical activity, balanced eating, getting enough sleep, and stress-reduction techniques like mindfulness practices.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling: Here to Help


If your teen is struggling with depression or anxiety, seek help immediately. Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling specializes in providing counseling to teenagers, young adults, families, and couples.


Our services are customized to the unique needs of each client, and our approach is collaborative and supported by research.


We offer a supportive environment for our clients to share their concerns, gain insight into their emotions, and develop coping strategies to manage their mental health.


Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling: Specialists in Teen Counseling & Young Adult Therapy

Sugar Land, TX & Houston


If your teen or young adult is struggling with an emotional challenge, now is the time to seek out a counselor who specializes in teen counseling and young adult therapy.


Seeing a counselor who specializes in teen therapy and young adult counseling increases the chances significantly that your teen or young adult will be successful in resolving social anxiety.


Sugar Land Teen & Family Counselinglocated in Sugar Land, TX, is conveniently located off of US 90 and Dairy Ashford Road.


We also have our Katy, TX location, Katy Teen & Family Counseling, which is located right off of I-10 and Grand Parkway/Hwy 99 in Katy, TX.


If you are ready to meet with one of our teen therapists or young adult therapists or our neurofeedback therapist, all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:


  1. Contact Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling

  2. Talk with one of our caring therapists 

  3. Begin the healing process today!


Other Therapy and Counseling Services Offered at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling


At Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, we provide a variety of therapy approaches that are supported by research and shown to be effective. Some of the teen therapy and young adult counseling we offer are:


Board Certified Neurofeedback Therapy



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy)



Group Therapy for Teens


Teen Depression

Teen Anxiety

Teen Social Anxiety

Teen Panic Attacks

Body Image


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)



Couples Therapy & Marriage Counseling


Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling can be very effective. The secret ingredient to success is each person willing to look at themselves and work to do things differently, together. When a marriage counselor or couples therapist has this to work with, the success rate can be very high.


Sometimes life will throw challenges at us that create situations that put strain on our marriage or relationship. It may be due to:


Choices and actions that have been made by one partner.

  • Financial downturn in the economy creating financial strain.

  • Feeling like you're growing apart.

  • Feeling like you don't have as much in common as you used to.

Whatever the reason may be, marriage counseling and couples therapy can help. Couples therapy and marriage counseling has also been found to work in less time than individual therapy.


If you've worked hard for this relationship and find that there are now barriers in the way of maintaining a healthy relationship, contact us at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling. 



About the Author


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Jason Drake is a Licensed Clinical Worker - Supervisor (LCSW-S), Board Certified in Neurofeedback, EMDR trained, and a Certified Brain Health Professional through the Amen Clinics. He has provided therapy to teens, young adults, and families since 2003 and is the Owner & Lead Clinician at Sugar Land Teen & Family Counseling, Katy Counseling for Men, & Katy Teen & Family Counseling.


He specializes in leading teams of high performing therapists who also specialize in teen therapy, counseling young adults, and family counseling.


Jason is also a leader in the field of teen, young adult, and family counseling providing expert coaching and technical assistance to teen Residential Treatment Centers across the country.


Jason is also a regular contributor to various magazines and publications lending his expertise to various mental health related topics. You can check these articles out on our "Featured Articles" service page on our sister practice, Katy Teen & Family Counseling's, website.


He has also been a guest on Fox 26 Houston and on the podcasts, "Grow a Group Practice" with Alison Pidgeon, "Let's Talk With Jennifer B", and the "Marketing Matters" podcast with Ashley Brock. 


If you are ready to start teen counseling or young adult therapy call, text, or email us today!



Phone Number: (832) 979-4989




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