Is your teen struggling with high levels of stress and pressure? Do they not seem as happy, energetic or social as they once were? Have there been signs of anxiety, depression or behaviors that feel out of character?
Are you parental warning lights going off?
Most of us remember our teenage years as a combination of great fun, burgeoning freedom, and a tremendous amount of stress. During this time our hormone levels are skyrocketing, making us feel emotionally out of control. We also feel a greater need to perform well academically and fit into social circles. All of this stress can take its toll on a teen’s mental health and overall well-being.
Common Life Challenges Among Teens
Teens can often face some serious life challenges that impact their mental health and well-being.
- Loss – Loss can come in the form of a death of a loved one, including a pet, and it can also come in the form of parental separation or divorce. A loss also happens when a family moves to a new location and the teen must go to a new school.
- Stress – A little stress is normal in life and can even be motivating. But too much stress can cause burnout at any age. Many teens face tremendous amounts of stress to do well in school, hold down a job, and be accepted by their peers.
- Identity- Our teenage years are perhaps best defined by the shifts our sense of self go through, sometimes seemingly overnight. As with any growth process, identity formation is rife with stress, pain and confusion. A teen’s identity struggles may involve their gender, sexual orientation, social group, culture, and many other areas.
- Violence – Teens that are bullied at school or at home suffer, and are often alone. If not dealt with, the aftermath of violence can result in PTSD symptoms.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons why a teen may want to speak with a therapist by any means. If you think your teen could benefit from therapy, please reach out to me.