Being a teenager is hard. Being a young adult is liberating yet challenging. You feel under pressure to be well liked, do well in school, get along with your family and make big decisions about your future. You feel confused and overwhelmed. You hear conflicting messages from your friends, teachers, parents, and society at large. You might struggle with the most basic of knowledge of who you are. You can't avoid most of these pressures, and worrying about them is normal. But if you are:
feeling sad, depressed, hopeless or worthless for no reason and these feelings do not go away
anxious and worried often
very angry most of the time or overreacting to things
losing interest in things once enjoyed
struggling with low self-esteem or confidence
showing declining performance in school or struggling with transition to college
feeling life is too hard to handle
having difficulty with staying focused and completing assignments
contemplating or engaging in risk taking behaviors
Then you might want to seek professional guidance.
You also might just want an objective viewpoint and support to navigate the many social demands, academic pressures, future expectations and myriad other challenges life throws at you. Asking for help is the first big step. Willingness to change the ways you think and deal with your problems is another.
Call Dr. Prasad-Gaur, a licensed psychologist at (207) 420-1386 to discuss your counseling needs. She specializes in working with teens and young adults experiencing psychological distress, interpersonal conflicts and/or behavioral difficulties. Through mindfulness based therapies she can guide you towards living a meaningful life with purpose. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.