During adolescence your teen begins to individuate and wants more independence. Many of the changes and increased social pressures that occur during adolescence may be overwhelming.


Depression manifests itself a little differently in adolescents than it does in adults. Although you might expect your teen to appear sad or tearful, the truth is they may just seem extremely irritable and grumpy. They may isolate and withdraw from family and friends. They may also stop participating in activities they previously enjoyed and present with low energy. Some may experience thoughts about dying or self-harming behavior. 

Peer Difficulties ("Drama")

Peers play a major role in your teen's life. This is normal. However, peer influence may at times lead teens to make poor and ill-informed decisions. Pre-teens and teens are also dealing with more scrutiny, expectations, and "drama" as a result of increased social media usage. Therapy may help your teen recognize the role they are playing in their "drama", learn how to say no, and set appropriate boundaries for themselves. 

Low Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves; confidence in one's own worth or abilities. Positive self-esteem for teens is important as it allows them to try new things, take healthy risks and solve problems. Low self-esteem may affect teens by leading to poor body image, interpersonal problems, earlier sexual activity, persistent fear of failure, low motivation, and feeling unloved.  


Many teens experience social anxiety as the importance of societal expectations and connections increases during adolescence. Feelings of inadequacy, self-consciousness, fear of judgment, and difficulty with social skills may cause your teen to feel distressed. Anxiety may also arrive out of a sense of perfectionism and the demands from home and school.