The adolescent years can be tough for both kids and adults. At Healthy Mind Psychiatry in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, California, board-certified psychiatrist Ananya Sreepathi, MD, offers solutions for teens over 14 who are struggling with depression, substance abuse issues, and other conditions. Dr. Sreepathi specializes in holistic, customized treatment plans to help adolescents find their way, build self-confidence, and live a happy life.
Adolescence is a difficult time, and it’s common for teens to experience frequent changes in their mood and behaviors. These issues can result from hormonal changes that occur in puberty, relationships with family and peers, and their environment at large.
Your teen may also be struggling because of undiagnosed conditions like:
An anxiety disorder can cause intense, persistent worry or fear about everyday events or situations. These worries are difficult to control and can interfere with your teen’s quality of life.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and guilt. The condition affects how your teen behaves, feels, and thinks and can increase their risk for self-harm or suicide.
ADHD is a mental health disorder that makes it difficult to concentrate and stay focused. The condition also causes episodes of impulsive, reckless behaviors that disrupt life at home, at school, and in social situations.
Teens may also start using drugs and alcohol because of peer pressure or as a method of self-medicating to deal with anxiety and depression.
You can schedule a consultation at Healthy Mind Psychiatry if you notice any changes in your child’s behaviors at home, such as:
You should also seek psychiatric help if your child is performing poorly in school or getting into trouble for their behaviors.
To address your adolescent’s unique needs, Dr. Sreepathi offers a variety of effective treatments in the office. He customizes the treatment plan based on your child’s condition, biology, and social life and may recommend therapies like:
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, helps uncover the root cause of psychiatric or behavioral disorders. Dr. Sreepathi can learn more about your teen’s moods, thoughts, behaviors, and anxieties and provides resources to help them cope with their condition and daily life.
Medications are available to treat the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. When used in combination with psychotherapy, medications can help your teen find relief from their persistent symptoms so that they can enjoy a higher quality of life.
Lifestyle changes and diet modifications can complement medications and psychotherapy. Dr. Sreepathi works closely with your child to improve their diet, enhance their school performance, and get them on the right path for a healthier, happier life.
Dr. Sreepathi is a Board-certified Psychiatrist who specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Call us to book your appointment today.