Teen anxiety can often be helped by learning how to self-reflect and self-soothe.
When a teen is ready to talk about their fears and anxieties, I listen carefully and respectfully, without discounting their feelings. I help them understand that judgement and/or embarrassment about their body, performance, and peer relationships are fairly common in adolescence.
Some teens are naturally more shy and quiet than others. As their bodies, voices, and emotions go through changes during puberty, this population may become even more self-conscious. In extreme cases, called social phobia, an adolescent may isolate themselves, unable to overcome their intense feelings of self-doubt and worry.
By supporting your teen in examining the circumstances they find upsetting, this experience alone can help reduce the overwhelming nature of their feelings. Through talk-therapy, role-playing and teaching conscious breathing exercises, I’ve experienced great success in turning this situation around for many young people.
The most effective treatment plan needs to be individualized to the teenager and their family. It is important for parents to know that while anxiety disorders can cause considerable upset in a teen’s life, the prognosis is very good.
Taking the Trouble out of the Teen Years
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