Julie G. Hartman, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Lic. # 28202

Young Adults
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When Should a Young Adult Get Therapy or Coaching?

Are you struggling too much? Or are you just a normal 20-something going through the growing pains of the transition to adulthood? There are some tell-tale signs of a young adult who needs the kind of help that therapy or coaching can provide.

You should seek help when you or an important adult is wondering (even just a few times) if your behavior or mood is 'normal' or a problem. 

Parents, friends, partners, or co-workers may notice your suffering comes on suddenly and seems 'out of the blue' or that it persists for some time or may seem to be getting worse.

Young adults who take an honest look at their situation should trust their instincts; if you think you are suffering too much trying to figure this out on your own, take action now.

Contact Dr. Hartman for an informational session to figure this out together.

Behavior and mood CHANGES that may require attention (one or more may apply):

  • become more secretive - more than a desire for greater privacy
  • regular, sudden outbursts of anger - clearly unreasonable and out of proportion to whatever has caused the anger
  • regularly miss appointments/obligations, don't show up when expected, and lie about your whereabouts
  • sleeping alot, difficulty getting up in the morning or falling asleep
  • appetite erratic (eating less or more than usual)
  • extreme mood swings, from depression to elation
  • eating disorder signs (worried about getting fat, over-exercise)
  • sick alot - complaining of stomach aches, headaches, allergies
  • have stolen money or belongings
  • negative attitude "I hate school/work, my boss/teacher hates me, I'm not a job/school person"
  • overwhelmed statements, "I am trying, but nothing gets better, it's too hard"
  • isolating statements, "leave me alone, nobody likes me"
  • risky behaviors
  • feel hazy, out of it, look sleepy most of the time
  • fighting alot with parent(s), partner(s), and/or others
  • don't follow rules, try to be the boss of everything most of the time
  • worry alot, alot of 'what if' statements
  • struggle with organization, too much clutter/mess
  • difficuty with relationships
  • excessive internet or game use
  • easily frustrated, give up, eagerly ask someone to do it for you
  • bored
  • school grades/job performance declines
  • have a desrtuctive social life
  • bad habit(s)
  • phobia
  • OCD - obsess and/or engage in rituals to manage stress/fear/worry

General situations that may require extra attenion:

  • job loss/school drop-out
  • loss of a loved one
  • life transition - new school, new job, new roomates, new house
  • hormonal changes - may cause strain on mood/behavior/relationships
  • break-up of freindship/romantic relationship
  • trauma or abuse
  • natural distaster
  • pregnancy or pregnancy 'scare'
  • sexually transmitted disease treatment need