If your teenager has a chronic health problem, you know the devastating effects it is had on your teen’s daily life. Getting to school can be a challenge and the work piles up after too many days absent. A day can start out as a “good day” and 2 hours later, you are getting a call from your teen to pick them up from school because they don’t feel well.
Chronic pain and distress from migraines, stomachaches, asthma and diabetes are familiar to many teens. The effects of these conditions can lead to parental exhaustion and despair and teen depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and social withdrawal. It saddens you as a parent to watch your teenager sit on the sidelines of sports they wish they could play or activities they wish they could do. Their friendships begin to suffer because they are not able to consistently be there and your teen is unintentionally left out of the loop of last minute social plans, leading to further loneliness and isolation.
We have worked with many teens who have chronic health conditions over the years. Our doctors have received advanced specialized training in pediatric psychology at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital, one the leading medical centers for childhood pain disorders. Through treatment using cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques, we have watched teens grow to live happy, well-balanced lives. Individual psychotherapy is a necessary component to give you and your teen the support you need from people like us who understand your struggles. We will teach you and your child effective strategies to manage pain, depression and anxiety. We will help your teenager to live the life they deserve.