The teenage years generally are one of the most challenging periods of a person’s life, they experience major changes with their body; contend with pressures of education and school life as well as criticism and hormonal changes. Left un-checked, the burden of these numerous pressures can generally leave a mark by damaging the young adult’s confidence and self-worth, and leading to a feeling of “not feeling good enough”.
Just like adults, teenagers might show their frustrations and respond to stress or depression differently. Telltale indications of stress and anxiety usually consist of crankiness, forgetfulness, difficulties at high school and changes in sleep patterns, though in many cases these can be forgotten about and simply passed off as ‘teenage angst’. They could also encounter physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach problems, fatigue, and even hair loss.
Problems like panic attacks and stress may have a damaging effect on their marks at school purely because they could have trouble focusing; they may genuinely feel withdrawn and out of touch or even be experiencing panic attacks during the school day. Unchecked, these prolonged feelings of stress and anxious feelings can escalate into stress related coping behaviours, such as phobias like agoraphobia, eating disorders, and other self-destructive behaviours such as smoking, drug taking and self harm.
Because adolescent problems can be just thought to be part of ‘growing up’ they often are not taken seriously but in actual fact they are taking on difficult problems that are unique to their age. These could include coping with bullies, nervousness about exams or course work, revision problems and increased pressure from all areas of their life, notably from parents.
Despite the fact that youngsters can be incredibly resilient, early treatment to stop problems escalating is typically better than waiting until they reach crisis point. Any external pressures should try to be removed, or at least mitigated if possible, it is important to have a good support structure set up and the internal thought processes addressed. Hypnotherapy is an effective way of dealing with the internal thoughts that might be inducing the teenager’s problems.
To get a teenager to respond more reasonably they need to genuinely feel positive and in charge of their life, a hypnotherapist has a wide range of techniques at their disposal to help them achieve this. This can help them to deal better with the constant variations in their lives and manage their amount of work better in class.
As a result, they may not only take care of their current troubles, but are in most cases far more resilient when they move into adulthood.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person