Spring Has Sprung For Your Teen, and So Has Their Anxiety

Apr 21, 2022

It absolutely feels terrific that the weather has turned nice, we aren’t wearing masks (for the most part), and we are planning our summer vacations. However, for your teen, they are coming to the end of this school year. That means taking tests that can create stress, anxiety, and depression. Also, for seniors, it means the end of high school which is a highly stressful period for everyone.

Let’s begin by defining teen anxiety. Nearly 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of anxiety disorder. They will feel the personal and parental disappointment that we as parents have created with our “culture of achievement.”

They may feel overwhelmed with everything going on as we come to the end of this school year. They can feel a lack of focus and experience headaches, chronic pain, digestive problems, and a loss of sleep.

The signs of anxiety may be subtle so pay close attention:

 

  1. Recurring fears and worries about routine parts of everyday life.
  2. Changes in behavior, such as irritability.
  3. Avoiding activities or social interactions.
  4. Dropping grades or school avoidance.
  5. Trouble sleeping or concentrating.
  6. Substance use or other risky behaviors.
  7. Chronic fatigue.
  8. Headaches on a regular basis.

 So, what can you do as a parent? Here are a few ideas.

  • Talk with your teen about their stress points. Let them share their anxiety with you.
  • Be mindful of the expectations you are setting for your teen. You may be the cause of their stress.
  • Encourage your teen to relax, play and see their friends.
  • Encourage a mental break, along with a physical break, from their studies and school. Talk about the “fun” in their future.
  • Talk with your kids about their social media use.
  • Have cell-free dinners and ask great questions of your teens.
  • Talk with your pediatrician for additional information. Medication may or may not be the answer, but professional help can be.
  • Remember that anxiety is treatable. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Family counseling can be rewarding.
  • NEVER make your teen responsible for their stress and anxiety.  It will only worsen the situation.

     

    As a helping hand, we are here for you as well. For more information, please go to our resources on www.abrighterday.org. I can also be reached at 510-206-1103.

    Enjoy every minute of raising your teens. 

     

     

    Warmly,

    Elliot Kallen

    President, A Brighter Day

     

Attention Parents: January & February Are the Worst Months for Teen Suicide 

First off, Happy New Year. We all wish for a healthy and happy 2023 for our teens. Most people think that the Christmas Season is the worst season for suicide. Actually, it is the beginning of the year. The isolation and sadness created by exacerbated teen depression,...

Anxiety, Stress, and Your Teen: A Christmas Story

‘Tis the season to be merry and not so merry… As parents, we are painfully aware of the flu season, the never-ending Covid season, and the sadness and loneliness adults can feel this time of the year. Did you also know, however, that our teens also rank the winter...

Veterans Day and Your Teen: What’s the Connection?

You may think that Veterans Day or the U.S. armed forces have nothing in common with your teen, but you’d be very wrong. The only group with more total suicides annually than today’s teens and young adults are our veterans. And many for the same reason…hopelessness....

Is Thanksgiving Good For Your Teen’s Well-Being?

It’s a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. It means lots of family around the dinner table. It means terrific food that we only eat once a year.  It means different pies for an unlimited dessert. It means watching the NFL all day....

Is Halloween Increasing Stress and Depression in Your Teen?

It’s hard to fathom that dressing up in costumes, asking for candy, or handing out candy can increase the stress level in our teens. But the shortened daylight hours and longing for one’s younger days when Halloween was innocent and fun can actually cause or increase...

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Don’t Become a Statistic!

I am called a “survivor.”  My son, Jake, took his life at age 19 by jumping in front of an oncoming truck on a Montana Interstate. Absolutely horrible and our lives will never be the same. Was he on drugs or alcohol? No. Was he on anti-depressant medication? No. Did...

It’s Back to School For Your Teens. Are You Ready For Their Anxiety?

Has this felt like the shortest summer on record for your teen?  School begins in just a few days almost everywhere. It was only a few years ago that school systems decided to move the starting date of high school from the day after Labor Day to late August, to now...

July 4th: Independence and Your Teen

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy July 4th, the day of the official signing of the Declaration of Independence when we went from a colony to a country. Millions of Americans have died since 1776 to allow all of us to keep our freedoms and liberties, the greatest...

Happy Father’s Day From a Survivor

Father’s Day should be a positive day for dads throughout the year. Better than birthdays. Better than Christmas. Even better than your family vacation. All the attention of your family goes into this day. And for your children, all their attention shifts from...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Are You Ready?

According to US News and World Report, teen suicide is up 4.5-fold (450%) in the last decade, with the bulk of the increase in the last three years. Covid lockdowns and social malfunction have been the new fuel on the depression fire. National data has given us...

Treat your inbox to mental wellness tips.

Join 1,000+ subscribers on the A Brighter Day newsletter.
"



0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Tweet
Share
Share
Pin