Battling anxiety in your teens is terrifying and lonely. Many adolescents who suffer from anxiety, fight their battles in secret, unbeknownst to family and friends. What's worse, these teens have a difficult time trusting anyone and feel as though they need to hide their struggles from others; they feel as if they are entirely alone.
Needless to say, raising an anxiety-ridden child can be a daunting task, one that renders many parents clueless as to how they can help their troubled teen.
So, what is a parent of an anxiety-ridden teenager to do? One clinical expert gives parents invaluable advice...
Dr. John Walker is a clinical psychologist researcher and professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba. As a doctor, Dr. John has dedicated years to working with both, children and parents, in overcoming anxiety disorders.
Dr. John Says, "So many people struggle with anxiety in silence. They don't tell other people, and they are keeping secrets that aren't helpful to them." He goes on to say, "You can see signs of trouble coming if your young person is showing a lot more emotional distress than usual and if you see changes in their behavior from the typical."
The doctor recently spoke with CBC Information Radio host Marcy Markusa about what parents can do to help their children through mental health issues in their teens. During his interview, Dr. John touched on topics such as: how to trust teens when they say they suffer from anxiety, and, how to tell the difference between a "teen phase," and a clinically severe anxiety condition.
To read more on what Dr. John had to say in his interview, please refer to the article and its link below:
"So many people struggle with anxiety in silence. They don't tell other people and they are keeping secrets that aren't helpful to them," says Dr. John Walker.
Walker is a clinical psychologist, researcher and professor in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba and has spent years working with children, parents and adults in overcoming anxiety problems.