It’s wrong to think that only adults suffer from anxiety or stress. While the teen years can be exciting, fun, more partying, and little or no responsibilities, it can also bring hard times.
As a teen, parents expect more of you, teachers demand more of you, friends want more commitments from you, and society expects you to live up to her standards.
Most stress management interventions have focused on providing assistance and resources to help adults manage stress and its effect better.
The teens are given little thoughts. But guess what, they lack the psychological strength to survive the distress.
They blunder on, repeating the same mistake day after day. They muddle into one mess after another.
They try to face and manage their problems alone.
They try to limp along without doing anything about it. But the anxiety lingers and reflects in their grades, friendships and their health.
Teens become increasingly aware of their strengths, weaknesses as they grow up. They try to find answers to their nagging thoughts; ” Am I pretty enough? Am I as attractive to boys as other girls? Am I as popular? As intelligent? As good-looking?
They become dissatisfied with their looks, body shape, and size. You often hear some say, ” I look awful, I’m so clumsy, I’m a loser, I’m such a screw-up, my body causes me to be self-conscious”.
All these negative self-talks make them feel miserable and inferior.
Any of these can also throw a young person into the dumps;
- trailing a course
- a fallout with a friend
- losing an important competition
- a relationship that fizzles out
- departure or separation such as going to college
- an overwhelming academic workload
- low body image or self-esteem, among many others.
Who Can Help?
Personnel and resources are available to help teens recover from mild anxieties and beat the blues. They are;
- Parents, friends, and relatives
A strong social support is a great way to reduce anxiety. An honest and a straight talk with a parent, or a trusted friend can help.
Most teens feel more at ease talking about their problems with others of their own age.
- A therapist.
These are professionals fully trained to assist persons who suffer from mild distress and severe emotional upset.
They have a variety of methods to help their patients to live in a better and more satisfying way.
- A medical doctor
A physician may prescribe depressants or stimulants or other drugs to help their patients get through emotional turmoil.
These drugs lift depressed persons out of low moods and help them recover faster and live a more normal life.
- A mental coach or a spiritual person.
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