Teenage Angst: Just Moodiness or More Serious?
When a teenager feels isolated, nervous, or angry they might engage in people pleasing, withdrawing, getting in fights, or experimenting with substances. In most cases, this behavior is a teenager’s way of establishing their identity and exploring autonomy. However, if it begins to interfere with their schoolwork, relationships, or favorite activities, it can lead to more serious conditions, such as: anxiety, depression, vaping, cutting, increased sexual activity, antisocial behavior, eating disorders, drug use, or suicidal ideation.
“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.”
— Steve Maraboli
Feeling safe, accepted, and loved are the touchstones for healthy growth, so in my care, your child will experience a safe and loving environment where s/he is encouraged to express difficult feelings and unmet needs. S/he will also:
Learn how to process and regulate their emotions.
Learn that their behaviors have consequences and how to take responsibility for them.
Feel supported in being true to themselves, in making self-honoring choices, and in exploring their unique interests despite peer pressure.
Negotiate healthy boundaries.
Identify and cultivate missing skills to respond in thoughtful, rational, and productive ways.