How To Help a Teenager With Anxiety
There’s much to love about living in the modern world, but it’s true that it’s far from perfect. While the general standard of living may be higher than in the past, there has also been a huge rise in mental health conditions, and especially among young people. Anxiety, for example, has been steadily on the rise, and studies have shown that somewhere in the region of 60% of teenagers have reported feelings of ‘overwhelming anxiety.’
While it is shocking that so many young people are feeling anxious, the good news is that there are things that can be done to combat the issue. The first thing is to recognize the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ anxiety; there are times in life that are, unfortunately, stressful, such as when you experience a breakup, or you have an important exam. Bad anxiety’ is when there are feelings that arise without any known cause, or which stick around longer than normal.
There are plenty of causes for the spike in anxiety. General worries about the state of the world is one such cause, as is the rising use of technology — smartphones and tablets can be used for a lot of good things, but they also keep your mind in a state of alertness, making it difficult to switch off and give the mind the rest that it needs.
If you have a son or daughter that has anxiety, or you have it yourself, then take a look at the infographic below, which was produced by Bradley University.
Infographic design by Bradley University helping anxious teens