Sunday, 4 December 2011

Emotional Challenges

From the very beginning till today emotional problems of teenage children go ignored. Many adults just don't realize that kids are suffering from clinical depression, anxiety disorders or PTSD.

Some Eye-popping Facts

James D. Herbert, PhD, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia reports that 15% of young people face SAD, which has a strong genetic link. Although the beginning of SAD syndrome is typically age 15, shyness may be evident as early as 21 months. Children are inhibited, fearful, and uneasy around novel situations and people and only 34% of teenagers classified as behaviorally reserved toddlers who go on to develop SAD.

These results suggest that other different factors may lead to the expression of this disorder. Different life experiences often activate this disorder. Some of those activators are:
1.      Overly critical and controlling parents
2.      Peer rejection
3.      Victimization
4.      And trauma in a social situation
Each of these experiences has the potential to set in motion negative feedback loops involving anxiety, avoidance behaviors, and potential deficits in social competence. Which can seriously hinder dating, employment, and independent living in adulthood

So the need of the time is that the parents must talk to their kids, not just about superficial things and not just when the trouble is taking place. It sounds weird to tune in to your kids, to be open, and listen to them without judgment but in fact it's really helpful. For this you have to start this practice when they're young. You'll form the basis of a good relationship when they're teenagers.

Signs of trouble:
  • Sudden changes in behavior or mood
  • Sudden disinterest in favorite hobbies or people
  • Drastic change in appearance
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Obvious changes in grades
·         Parents, ask your kids what's wrong. It's unlikely that kid will just open up about using drugs. They're not likely to give that up right away. But families that provide emotional resources like acceptance / letting them talk actually help their kids learn to cope better.
·         Moreover with the help of a good therapist, effective treatments can really make a difference in helping kids to get rid of the past PTSD, clinical depression, and social anxiety disorders.

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