Therapy for Adolescents with Learning Disorders

Millions of children and teens are diagnosed with learning disorders each year, and many of them also experience co-occurring anxiety or mood disorders. It can be a difficult and confusing situation for parents to navigate, but with the right support and treatment, your child can learn how to manage their symptoms and live a successful life.

At Decade2Connect in Denver, CO, we can provide specialized treatment for children with learning disorder co-occurring with anxiety or mood disorders.

What are Learning Disorders?

A learning disorder is a neurological condition that affects an individual’s ability to acquire, use and understand information. As the name suggests, it is not a lack of intelligence or aptitude, but rather a difficulty processing information that may lead to problems in academic and other areas of life.

Common examples of learning disorders are:

Dyslexia: Difficulty with accurate word recognition and decoding, which can lead to slowed reading speed and reduced comprehension.

Dyscalculia: Difficulty understanding mathematical concepts such as numbers and operations

Dysgraphia: Difficulty forming letters correctly when writing by hand

How Are Learning Disorders Connected to Anxiety or Mood Disorders?

When a learning disorder co-occurs with anxiety or a mood disorder, a child may experience both at the same time. For example, children who suffer from anxiety may also have trouble focusing on their school work due to feelings of distress or worry over grades or performance expectations.

Research has found that children with learning disabilities are more likely than those without to experience emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems. Anxiety can manifest itself in different ways in children, but common signs include excessive worry, avoidance behaviors, difficulty concentrating, and physical symptoms like headaches or stomach aches. With depression, some of the most common indicators include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, low energy levels, irritability, difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much, and changes in eating habits.

Anxiety and mood disorders are treatable, so it is important to recognize the signs that your child may be struggling with both a learning disability and a mental health issue.

Treatment Options for Children with Learning Disorders and Anxiety or Mood Disorders

The most successful approach to a learning disorder co-occurring with a mood disorder is typically a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and other interventions.

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy can help your child identify underlying issues that may be causing their symptoms and provide them with strategies to cope and manage their emotions.

Medication: Medication can also be used to reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression if needed. It is important to consult with a qualified mental health professional when considering medications for your child.

Other Interventions: Relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, art therapy, physical exercise, and nutrition counseling can also be beneficial in helping your child manage their emotions more effectively.

It is important to remember that every child is unique and what works for one may not work for another. We take your child’s unique needs into account when developing a treatment plan.

Contact Decade2Connect Today

If you have questions about your child’s learning disorder, anxiety, or mood disorder, we’d be happy to discuss them with you. Contact us today so we help guide your child to a happier, healthier life.

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