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Tips to help young people and parents stay sane in an overloaded world

22 October 2020

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Tips to help young people and parents stay sane in an overloaded world

Why are so many young people anxious? As a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children’s mental health problems, anxiety is by far the most common difficulty.

Young people express worries about friendships, social situations, body image, exams, their health and the pressures of managing social media. These are just some of the many factors which play a role in the rise of anxiety.

Anxiety is completely normal and something that everyone experiences from time to time. It comes and goes in phases and often young people find the personal resources to cope through simple remedies such as talking to friends, teachers and/or parents. But at what point should we be concerned that anxiety levels are no longer normal? When anxiety starts to define a young person’s life and controls what they can and can’t do and where they can and can’t go, then it’s time to take some action.

Before accessing professional support there are also lots of things that parent’s and young people can try and resources to access. Here are my top tips:

Finally, remember Anxiety is treatable. Change takes time and progress may not follow a straight path, but with understanding, patience and perseverance it is possible for young people (and parents) to stay sane in this age of anxiety.

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