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The Rise of Depression and Anxiety Among Teens and Young Adults: Prioritizing Mental Health Now to Ensure Success as an Adult

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Depression and anxiety are serious emotional challenges that can negatively impact a teen or young adult's life. In recent years, research studies have shown that depression and anxiety among teenagers and young adults have increased significantly.

It is important to prioritize mental health during the teen or young adult years to ensure long term success through the adult years.

Multiple Research Studies Show an Increase in Depression and Anxiety Among Teens and Young Adults

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 3.2 million teenagers aged 12 to 17 in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. The research also shows that one in three teenagers will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

A study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that the rates of depression among young adults have increased by 52% between 2005 and 2017.

Another study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, showed that 70% of teenagers reported feeling overwhelmed or stressed due to school-related reasons, and almost half of them reported symptoms of depression in the past year.

Why Prioritizing Mental Health for Teens and Young Adults During the Teen or Young Adult Years is Critical for Long Term Success as Adults

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Prioritizing mental health for teenagers and young adults during the teen or young adult years is essential to ensure long term success. Here are some reasons why:

Prevention of long-term mental health problems

Early intervention through teen counseling or counseling for young adults with a counselor who specializes in teen therapy and counseling for young adults can prevent long-term emotional challenges.

It helps to stop certain emotional challenges stemming from deepening and becoming chronic. By addressing emotional challenges early, teen therapists and young adult counselors can help teens and young adults build resilience and coping skills.

Improved academic performance

Depression and anxiety can negatively impact academic performance. An untreated emotional challenge can affect a student’s ability to focus, retain information, and perform well on academic tasks.

Counseling for teenagers and young adult therapy help us to identify the signs and address them so that they can perform well on their academic tasks.

Long term successful relationships

Depression and anxiety can also negatively impact a person's ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Early intervention through counseling can equip teens and young adults with tools to cope with their emotions, cultivate healthy relationships, and build strong interpersonal skills.

The Problems Created by Waiting until They are Adults to Prioritize Mental Health

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Waiting until they are adults to prioritize mental health can create significant problems in their personal, work, and professional life. Here are some reasons why:

Chronic mental health problems

Delaying treatment can allow an emotional challenge to become chronic. Chronic depression and anxiety not only affect one’s personal life, but they can also impact their professional and work life. They can lead to poor work performance, reduced job opportunities, and even job loss.

Interpersonal difficulties

If someone is experiencing depression or anxiety and hasn't addressed it until they are adults, they may have developed unhealthy coping mechanisms and interpersonal habits that can be challenging to break. It can lead to difficulties in building and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Social stigma

The social stigma attached to seeing a teen therapist or a young adult counselor as something that only the "crazy" or "weak-minded" does can prevent many parents from seeking help for their teenager or young adult.

As a result, clients may be less likely to recover or have a more extended recovery time than those who seek therapy earlier.

Sugar Land Teen and Family Counseling is Here to Help!

Sugar Land Teen and Family Counseling, located in Sugar Land, Texas, is a counseling center that specializes in teen, young adult, family therapy, and couples counseling.

Our professional therapists use a range of therapy approaches supported by research, including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and neurofeedback, to help you manage depression and anxiety, and to build resilience and coping skills that will last you a lifetime.

Wrapping it Up

Depression and anxiety among teenagers and young adults require early interventions, which prioritize mental health.

Our professional therapists are here to give you the tools to cope with your emotions and build strong interpersonal relationships that last a lifetime.

Get in touch with us today to prioritize your mental health and pave your way to long term success.

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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