Adolescence can be a tough time in life especially in today's fast moving society of non-stop technology and re-defined social interactions. As a parent we want the best for our child and the developmentally appropriate changes in pre-teen and teen years can make that challenging.
There are a variety of concerns that can come up for young people including:
- · Feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed, or full of anxiety and panic
- · Feeling alone, full of sadness, or depressed
- · Thinking about self-harm or cutting
- · Being bullied
- · Struggling with low self-esteem
- · Questioning sexual orientation or gender
These thoughts and feelings can come out in a variety of not so healthy ways; talking with someone other than a parent can sometimes help the process towards a healthier path. A safe place to develop positive coping strategies, to use not only throughout the day but also as the new hurdles to adulthood approach, can be the answer.