Anxious or stressed teenagers, a normal occurrence pre-pandemic, are a far more common occurrence now, but the youths may not acknowledge it or talk about it. Most adolescents want to show a face of competency and confidence. They may be under pressure with the culture of competition around colleges, stress from school changes during the pandemic, and unrealistic comparisons with their peers. This is compounded by the lack of life experiences that can help older adults keep a more balanced perspective.
Some signs of stress and anxiety could be:
-muscle tension or headaches
-decreased frustration tolerance
-not being able to relax or enjoy things as usual
-seeming preoccupied with thoughts or disengaging from others.
It doesn’t help to tell them not to worry so much, but it does help to recognize when they are more stressed/vulnerable and to try to be supportive when they are going through a rough time. If there are ongoing concerns, it may be helpful to consult a mental health expert.
For more tips on talking to teens, check out:
–How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
–Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel
If anxiety is getting in the way of living your loved ones living the way they want, do not hesitate to help them reach out. Well Coast Medical has mental health specialists that are ready to help! We offer anxiety therapy and anxiety treatment for your loved ones, so call us at (833) 931-1716 to learn more about how we can help your family.