Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiAnxiety, Depression, Teenagers


The teenage years can be very difficult for some.  As our children become young adults they begin to ask questions like, “Who am I?” and “What is the purpose to life?”  One of the most common of these questions is, “Where do I belong?” or rather, “Who do I belong to?”

All too often they try to find the answers to these questions in people or places that are not good for them.  As parents we may see this, but then we have more wisdom, more years, and more miles on us than our teenagers do.  Very often for our teenagers their wants and needs far outweigh their wisdom or experience, or even good judgment.

This is not new.  This has been a part of life and growing up for thousands of years.  Yet it is still an issue for many, many teenagers.

Of course there are other problems that teens can get into trouble with, including the classic list of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.”  Add to this list the new problems that technology brings such as video game addictions, internet porn, and sexting on the cell phone, and it is easy to see why some experts have called this the hardest time ever in history for someone to be a teenager.

If you are a parent, or a youth worker, wondering if this or that teenager ought to start going to counseling, here is one more thought that would be important to know:

Teenagers can be very vulnerable to feelings of anxiety, sadness, or depression.  The third leading cause of death among teenagers is suicide, more than deaths from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, pneumonia, and lung disease combined.  The leading trigger for a suicide attempt is the emotional pain resulting from breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.  If your teenager is suffering from anxiety, sadness, or depression, please get them help today.  Don’t put this off.

Call our office to set up an appointment to get started with helping your loved one overcome these problems. (661) 972-5953 for counseling in Tehachapi or Bakersfield. Learn more at DouglasCowan.me .

Douglas Cowan Psy.D., Counseling TehachapiTeenagers