How can you understand that your child is undergoing stress and anxiety?

How can you understand that your child is undergoing stress and anxiety?

Anxiety or stress might look normal word to others to describe little annoyances, but it can actually turn out to be serious or a mental health disorder. For the people who haven’t experienced anything like this anxiety can be hard to understand.

They will try to push it off by using phrases like “Don’t worry” nothing will happen, but they do not understand the depth of the problem. The symptoms of anxiety and stress can be difficult to identify.

Although teens don’t have to worry about paying the bills or salary slips, they have a lot on their plate. They are at an age where peer pressure is on the rise and they usually face a dilemma to choose between the right and the wrong. And that can lead to stress as well as anxiety.

It can be caused due to a variety of reasons ranging from school issues, friend circle, parental pressure etc. Sometimes stress can be positive as it encourages you to do well in your respective fields but too much of it can cause more harm than good.

Teenagers try to mask out their stress and anxiety. But as a parent, you can look out for signs of any unusual behaviour and help them cope with it.

Social changes:

You might observe some significant changes in their social life. They might not be interacting much with others and would prefer being left alone instead of mingling with others.

Teenagers start avoiding their friends and other social groups, stop making plans and refrain from doing their favorite activities. They prefer to spend time alone and stay isolated most of the time.

Emotional changes: Teenagers undergo a rollercoaster of emotions. Anxious or stressed out teenagers either have completely unexplained outbursts or they prefer staying silent. They might be holed up in their room to prevent any conversation.

They are usually at edge and you never know what might trigger them. Teenagers face a problem in concentrating and always seem lost. They get irritated and annoyed with the smallest of things and are quite restless all the time.

Emotional changes in teen

Physical Changes: Stress and anxiety can take a toll on the teenager’s health as well. The most common of it is frequent headaches and migraines. You might also notice excessive fatigue and getting tired for no reason. There might be changes in eating habits as well. Either they will stress-eat more or would not touch their food at all.

anxiety-in teen

Sleep: Sleep disturbance is the first sign you’ll notice if your teenager is undergoing stress or anxiety. Incomplete homework, changes in habits and screen time affect the teenager’s sleep time. They might face a difficulty in falling asleep or as a matter of fact staying asleep. They might still be tired after waking up and not feel fresh.

Academics: It takes a toll on the teenager’s academics as well. You might observe a poor school performance. You can observe a significant drop in their grades. They might be irregular in their homework. They’ll frequently miss out on assignments and tests. Teenagers face difficulty in concentrating on the class and tend to procrastinate a lot.

Teenagers might also experience panic attacks at times. It might be mild but should be taken seriously. In this digital era stress and panic has become quite common among teenagers. But you need to keep a watch on your children, as it might be something serious they are dealing with. To cope up with it, they require your support and guidance.

SUMMARY

• Anxiety or stress might look like little annoyances or a pretty normal word to others, but it can actually turn out to be serious or a mental health disorder.
• It can be caused due to a variety of reasons ranging from school issues, friend circle, parental pressure etc. Sometimes stress can be positive as it encourages you to do well in your respective fields but too much of it can cause more harm than good.
• You might observe some significant changes in their social life. They might not be interacting much with others and would prefer being left alone instead of mingling with others.
• Sleep disturbance is the first sign you’ll notice if your teenager is undergoing stress or anxiety.
• You need to keep a close watch on your children, as it might be something serious they are dealing with. To cope up with it they require your support and guidance.

Social changes

How can you understand that your child is undergoing stress and anxiety

Emotional changes in teen

Physical Changes in teen

Sleep disturbance in teen

Academics

Malathi

Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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