How do I know if my teen needs therapy or is just being a moody teen?

This is a great question and very common. I cannot answer this without meeting your teen, but I can give you some general things to be aware of. If your teen is exhibiting:

  • Isolation
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Angry outburst or consistent irritability
  • Constant worry
  • Perfectionist tendencies
  • Change in peer group
  • Negative self-talk or view of the world

They may be in need of an assessment by a licensed mental health professional to help you determine the best next steps.