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Adolescent Disorders

Personality Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder

Though this problem is not formally diagnosed before 18 years of age, its first signs tend to appear in late teenage years.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterised by instability of feelings, sense of identity and mood. Intimate relationships also tend to be unstable ranging from extreme attraction to a decline in the intensity of such attraction over time. Thus, there may be multiple romantic relationships in such teenagers.
They also tend to have a strong fear of losing the one they love and can go to various lengths to avoid this. They often experience feelings of emptiness and sadness. They may engage in hurting themselves physically when they experience intolerable emotions. Such problems need to be addressed in order to enhance their overall functioning.

Antisocial Personality Disorder
Though this problem is not formally diagnosed before 18 years of age, its first signs tend to appear in late teenage years.
Persons who show a persistent disregard for the feelings and rights of others can be identified as having an antisocial personality. They also tend to lack moral values or conscience.They have shallow emotions and rarely engage in meaningful long-term relationships. They may be seen exploiting or manipulating others in order to satisfy their own needs.
Their behaviours tend to be frequently marked by aggression, impulsiveness and criminal acts. Thus, it is quite likely that they run into legal conflicts. People such as them also tend to have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

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Obesity

Obesity is a lifestyle disease that is threatening the health of teenagers. Obesity refers to increased body weight in relation to height. Body mass index (BMI) is a standard indicator of obesity. Obesity puts teenagers at a higher risk of chronic diseases. It is related to diabetes and heart disease. With regard to the psychological consequences, obesity is known to lead to negative body image, low self-esteem and even behavioural problems. It even puts them at an increased risk of developing an eating disorder.

Treatments, we provide that can help your child and you:

Nutrition counselling

Psychoeducation

Stress management

Behaviour therapy

Medication (if needed)

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Substance Abuse

Adolescence is a time of significant physical, psychological, social, emotional, and intellectual development. Teens tend to be more adventurous than adults, possibly increasing their willingness to take chances and engage in risky behaviours, such as drug use. However, drug and alcohol use during adolescence can be particularly risky and increase the risk for problems with attention, learning, and working memory, as well as increase the risk for future problems with substance abuse and addiction. Substance Abuse occurs frequently among adolescents and is often identified among teens who are experiencing interpersonal and family conflicts, difficulty at school; or failure, exposure to criminal activity, or predisposition to some psychiatric disorders.

Is my adolescent child a  victim of substance abuse?

  1. Has your child recently develop an interest of mixing with friends older than him?
  2. Have you started receiving complaints of long absenteeism from the school of your child without your knowledge?
  3. Is your Child eating more than usual?
  4. Is he/ she having tendencies to sleep at odd hours and that too a very deep sleep?
  5. Has your child started losing interest in his/ her most favourite pastime?

Treatments, we provide that can help your child and you:

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Stress management

Supportive Therapy

Medications

Counselling

Family Therapy

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Mood Disorders

Mental health problems ranging from depression to bipolar disorder are known as mood disorders. Mood swings are common during adolescence owing to the hormonal changes that accompany this phase. Some teenagers have more mood changes than others. Nevertheless, at times mood swings can appear extreme and limit the teenagers’ ability to function at school and affect his/her relationships. In any of these disorders, a serious change in mood shapes your child’s emotional state. Mood disorders that go undiagnosed can put kids at risk for other conditions, like disruptive behaviour and substance use disorders, that may remain after the mood disorder is under treatment. Children and teens with a mood disorder don’t always show the same symptoms as adults. So it can be difficult for parents to recognize a problem in their child, especially since he or she may not easily express his or her thoughts or feelings.

The most common mood disorders in children and adolescents include:

Major depression: A depressed or irritable mood, lasting at least two weeks.

Bipolar disorder: Periods of persistently elevated mood followed by periods of depressed or flat emotional response. Bipolar disorder in adolescence is associated with extreme ‘ups and ‘downs’ of mood and are different than usual mood swings in the sense that there are significant changes in sleep, energy level, and the ability to think clearly.

Substance-induced mood disorder: Symptoms of depression due to drug use, the effects of a medication, or exposure to toxins.

Worried that my adolescent child might be having mood disorders:

  1. Does my child have trouble with family, including difficult behaviour?
  2. Does my child show lack of motivation or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities?
  3. Are there any changes in sleep or eating patterns or weight of my child?
  4. Does my child have frequent physical complaints, such as headaches, stomachaches, or fatigue?
  5. Does my child feel worthless, guilty, or lacks self-esteem?
  6. Does my child show severe recurrent temper outbursts?
  7. Does my child have increased energy or bursts of energy with racing thoughts or fast speech?
  8. Does my child show expressions of suicidal thoughts?

Treatments, we provide that can help your child and you:

Psycho-education

Medication

Counselling

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Psychometric Assessment

Coping Skills training

Interpersonal Therapy

Family Therapy

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Eating disorders

In Anorexia Nervosa, a person might be so preoccupied with being slim that she/he might starve herself/himself to achieve weight loss. Anorexia is characterized by an abnormally low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of one’s own body. People with anorexia place a high value on controlling their weight and shape, using extreme efforts that tend to significantly interfere with their day to day functioning. This could have severe consequences and, in women, lead to disturbance in the menstrual cycle.  Although the disorder most frequently begins during adolescence, an increasing number of children and older adults are also being diagnosed with anorexia.

Worried that you  might have Anorexia Nervosa:

  1. Are you excessively fearful about gaining weight?
  2. Do you excessively restrict your calorie intake in spite of being thin/ underweight?
  3. Do you pretend to eat or lie about eating?
  4. Do you exercise compulsively or take laxatives?
  5. Do you deny feeling hungry?
  6. Are you excessively concerned about eating in public?
  7. Have you experienced dramatic weight loss?
  8. Do you have strange or secretive food rituals?

Treatments, we provide that can help you:

Diet Counselling

Cognitive Behaviour therapy

Body Image consulting

Medication

In Bulimia Nervosa, a person tends to have an inconsistent pattern of eating. Sometimes the person overeats so much that exceeds his/her normal amount (binge-eating) and at other times, the person tries to compensate his over-eating to prevent weight gain by engaging in behaviours such as self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, fasting or using laxative and diuretics. The nutritional deficiency caused by eating disorders can have a negative impact on vital organs or have life-threatening consequences.

Worried that you  might have Bulimia Nervosa:

  1. Do you ever eat until you feel sick?
  2. Do you feel guilty, ashamed or depressed after you eat?
  3. Do you forcefully vomit right after eating?
  4. Do you experience a  sense of lack of control over eating during the episode (e.g. a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating).?
  5. Do you feel uncomfortable eating around others?
  6. Do you create lifestyle schedules or rituals to make time for binge-and-purge sessions?
  7. Do you show extreme concern with body weight and shape?
  8. Do you frequently check in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance?

Treatments, we provide that can help you:

Cognitive Behavioural therapy

Psychotherapy

Diet Counselling

Medications( if required)

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Confidence issues

Adolescence is a period of Storm & Stress, involving inevitable turmoil that takes place during the transition from childhood to adulthood. Teenagers are confronted with a variety of issues ranging from dealing with changes to their physical appearance to being accepted in friendship groups. This is then reflected in how they behave in public, how well they perform in school and other areas of their life, and how they deal with family expectations. Self-confidence is the belief that you’ll be successful in a particular situation or at a specific task. Your child’s self-confidence is related to their self-esteem, which is feeling good about yourself and feeling that you’re a worthwhile person. Self-confidence can vary throughout life, particularly during major life changes such as adolescence. Self-confidence helps teenagers make safe, informed decisions. Confident teenagers can avoid people and situations that aren’t necessarily right for them, and find those that are appropriate.

Worried that your child might be having confidence issues?

  1. Does my child have an awkwardness accepting praise?
  2. Does my child have an unconfident body language, such as walking with their head down and reluctance to make eye contact?
  3. Is my child negative about others and avoids social situations?
  4. Is my child not interested in joining activities?
  5. Is my child holding back in class?
  6. Is my child being shy or timid?
  7. Does my child have a belief that they will fail at things they try, or a tendency to give up easily when things get tricky?

Treatments, we provide that can help your child and you:

Stress Management

Coping Skills training

Family therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy

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Anger

Anger is a natural and common feeling that everyone has from time to time. Showing anger is necessary but sometimes, children may show anger at the wrong time and place! Often children find it difficult to manage problems at school and home which make them irritable and moody. They might need some support and strategies to cope with everyday issues. Anger can be a challenging emotion for many teens as it often masks other underlying emotions such as frustration, embarrassment, sadness, hurt, fear, shame, or vulnerability. When teens can’t cope with these feelings, they may lash out, putting themselves and others at risk. Teenage girls get angry as well, but that anger is usually expressed verbally rather than physically. Teen boys are more likely to react physically by throwing objects, kicking doors, or punching the walls when they’re angry. Some will even direct their rage towards you.

Worried that your adolescent might develop Aggressive behaviour?

  1. Does my teenager get angry over every petty issue?
  2. Does my growing teen often argue with me even at a social/ family gathering?
  3. Does my child turn red when he/she is told to do something which is he/she dislikes the most?
  4. Does my teenager often get complaints from the school regarding fighting and hitting classmates?
  5. Has my child developed the habit of throwing objects when he/ she gets excessively angry?

Treatments, we provide that can help you:

Anger Management

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Family Therapy

Counselling

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Relationship issues

Being in a healthy relationship is a wonderful thing, but most people agree that maintaining a happy and healthy relationship requires hard work. There are many issues and circumstances that can cause a relationship to falter or even stall, leaving people hurt, unhappy, and miserable most of the time. During the teenage years, an individual goes through a set of physiological and emotional changes that can sometimes be difficult to handle. Hormonal changes are often associated with problems like irritability, rebellious attitude and impulsive behaviour which follow the phase of puberty and reduce during late adolescence. During this phase, one frequently faces confusion regarding what to do, what to be and whom to be with. Teenagers spend most of their time in their company of friends and pick up new behaviours from them. Sometimes, however, there might be a lack of understanding and fights which disturb the relationship. If the teenagers are matured enough to end the fight, it can strengthen their friendship; but more serious fights can lead to loss of friendship and consequent emotional turmoil.

Is my Teenager having some relationship issues?

  1. Does your teen refuse to go to school because of a major fight with peers a day before?
  2. Is he/she constantly arguing with you and other family members?
  3. Have you seen signs of jealousy in your teen for a fellow classmate or sibling?
  4. Is your teen unable to adjust with new people around?
  5. Does your teen want to mingle with only his choice of people?

Treatments, we provide that can help your child and you:

Family therapy

Interpersonal therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Career issues

Adolescence is a tricky period, without a proper guidance, the students might find themselves in a difficult position. High school and college are the times when students are looking to spread their wings and fly. They are discovering themselves and they find out that they are actually very different from what their parents or the society expect from them. A conflict between interests and choice of subjects often give rise to Career issues. In addition to that adolescents may also experience parental pressure with regard to their choice of career. This may often lead to episodes of Depression & lowered Self Confidence.

Worried about your future career?

  1. Do you worry about your future?
  2. Are you confused about what you want to pursue?
  3. Are you preoccupied with thoughts about your interests and how to accommodate them in your career goals?
  4. Do you want more clarity on what you want to do in life?

Treatments, we provide that can help you:

Career counselling

Stress Management

Family therapy

Psychometric Assessment

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Body image issues

Body image refers to how people see themselves. Distorted body image (also called negative body image) refers to an unrealistic view of how someone sees their body.  Like eating disorders, it is seen most commonly in women, but many men also suffer from the disorder. You begin forming your perceptions of your body’s attractiveness, health, acceptability, and functionality in early childhood.  This body image continues to form as you age and receive feedback from peers, family member, coaches, etc. Personality traits such as perfectionism and self-criticism can also influence the development of a negative internalized image of your body.

Worried about your looks and appearance?

  1. Do you find yourself always preoccupied with thoughts about your physical appearance?
  2. Do you look in the mirror very frequently? OR Do you avoid mirrors all the time?
  3. Do you stress about a physical flaw and focus on how to hide it?
  4. Do you believe that you are ugly due to one physical feature?
  5. Do you compare your appearance with others a lot?
  6. Do you avoid social situations because of the way you look?

Treatments, we provide that can help you:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Supportive Therapy

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy