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Adolescent Support Clinic
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"Supporting young people and families in Southend and Essex"

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Recent studies reveal that 1 in 10 young people will self harm during adolescence, though it is more common in girls than boys. However these statistics may only reveal the tip of the iceberg as they are based on cases reported to GP’s and hospitals and most self harm is done in secrecy amidst feelings of shame.

Eating disorders are up to 10 times more common in girls that in boys and sadly appear to be on the increase. Disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Angry feelings can be triggered by the loss of a loved one, sexual frustration, when tired, hungry or in pain. Withdrawal from drugs or medicines and premenstrual syndrome can be other contributory factors.

Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial or deliberate neglect.

Physical acts of abuse can involve, hitting, shaking, burning, punching, throwing, choking, beating or any action that causes physical injury or pain.

Teens have to cope with many physical and emotional changes with the onset of puberty. They may worry whether changes are normal and experience some embarrassment over physical changes in body shape and size.

Bullying can be verbal, emotional and physical.

Physical bullying involves, hitting, pushing, kicking, punching, threatening, aggression and violence.

Verbal bullying can be name calling, sarcasm, teasing and spreading rumours.

Everyone lives with some level of anxiety, though some of us appear to be more sensitive to stress stimuli. 1 in 10 people will experience extreme anxiety at some point in their lives. Young people are facing increased stress - perhaps studying for exams at school, college or uni, or struggling to find employment. Within busy family lives it can be hard to find time for respite and support.

1 in 10 people will experience depressive symptoms at some point in life with the illness being more common in women (1in 4) than in men (1 in 10). However men may be more likely to attempt suicide than women possibly due to being less likely to seek help.

We all have little habits and rituals that we engage in throughout our daily lives, some we might rather do without like biting our nails. We might ‘touch wood’ or cross our fingers for luck. For some people these habits and worries spiral out of control to such an extent that ignoring them feels impossible, particularly if we believe that denying the ritual will bring about catastrophic repercussions; perhaps even the death of a loved one.

We provide a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment to talk about any concerns you may have. We also support families dealing with the effects of addiction and alcohol dependency. We can also signpost you to further specialist care if you require more intensive support.

You may need support with an existing mental health issue or medical diagnosis such as:

  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Eating Disorder, such as Anorexia Nervosa
  • Early onset Psychosis such as hearing voices or
  • thought disorders.

Our therapists have experience in working on acute presentation mental health wards in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) as part of a multi-disciplinary medical team working alongside Psychiatric Consultants.