Along with depression, anxiety is also a common mental health problem that teens face. Anxiety is a general feeling of fear or unease, even when there is nothing to be scared of.
Some teens might feel anxious if they are being bullied. It’s also possible for teens to feel anxious about their future. Performance anxiety can also be a problem especially if they feel they are under a lot of pressure. Teens can also suffer from social anxiety, wherein a person is afraid that they might do something wrong in a social situation.
As a parent, you are in a good position to help your teen with their anxiety. Try talking to them about it, and find out the root cause of why they’re feeling that way. You can also help your teen by teaching them mindfulness, and breathing exercises. This can help them calm down.
It would also be a good idea to ask if they want to talk to a therapist if they’re shy or afraid of talking about some things with you.
If your child doesn’t want to open up to you, don’t take it against them. It’s normal for teens to be secretive about certain things, and they might not yet be comfortable sharing these things with you.
The best thing to do would be to stay supportive and be more understanding about what they are going through.
Lastly, teenagers can also experience eating disorders. The most usual eating disorders among teens are either anorexia nervosa; wherein a person avoids eating for fear of gaining weight, or bulimia; or when a person eats a lot of food (binge) and then throws it up later on (purge).
During adolescence, teens go through a lot of changes in their body, and this can make them feel more self-conscious. They might have an inaccurate perception of their body and eating habits, which is related to having eating disorders.
It is important for parents to be supportive of their children, especially if they have mental health problems. Try to be understanding, and let your child feel that you are always there for them whenever they need help.
Lastly, it’s also important to remove the stigma on seeking professional help. If you feel that your child might need it, then don’t hesitate to help them look for someone that can help them with their concerns.
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