A recent research has shown that as children reach the age of 8, they start getting influenced more by their peers than their parents. This behavior only increases as they entre their teens and they are more likely to engage in what they like doing. While many teens face anxiety and distress at some point of their teenage years, some face it more often than others. Anxiety can be described as a disorder associated with some of the major symptoms like increased sadness, depressed mood, low appetite, and decreased interest in all pleasurable activities.
Lack of timely therapeutic arbitration can lead to major consequences. Teenagers suffering from anxiety or acute depression are prone to suicidal tendencies to a greater degree and so they need to be treated with psychotherapy or antidepressants. Deficiency in neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and non-adrenaline are often associated with teen anxiety.
Things to do to lower anxiety levels
While many parents think that teenage years are void of stress, they cannot be more wrong on this. There are a few things that parents can follow to help reduce the stress level among their adolescents. Communication on an open forum is always considered helpful to lower the anxiety level in teens. While they open up with their problems, parents should always let their children know that they will be there with them no matter what happens. Also, communication with cousins, siblings, and other teens should be encouraged to help them vent their daily pressure.
Comparing teenagers with other teens with aspects relating to academics or sports should not be done as it onsets further anxiety and jealousy. While kids try to communicate their problems with their parents, they should be prioritized and should not be dismissed as silly. Also, parents should always try to encourage sports, outdoor activities, yoga, walking, and exercising among their teenage kids.
Encouraging healthy behavior helps reduce teen anxiety. Teens prone to depression are quite sensitive to the daily routine. Encouraging them to devour healthy food, regular exercise, and normal bedtimes will help to lower the anxiety level in them. Teenagers should be taught to relax and should be made aware that stress and anxiety are a part of everyone’s life.
Seeking professional help when necessary
Not all childhood problems or teen anxiety can be treated at home by parents. If the parents or the teachers feel that the anxiety level is getting worse and are deeply affecting the daily activities of the child, then the intervention of professional help is necessary. A psychiatrist or a pediatrician can take care with several natural therapies and sometimes with medical help.
Most of the anxious children become all the more anxious when they grow up watching their parents reacting to several challenges with fear and anxiety. It is very important for parents to control their own anxiety level and remain calm while dealing with challenging situations. As the adolescents learn how their parents deal with difficult situations constructively, they also will learn to do the same.