Teens and Emotional Problems

Dec 04, 2012 18:06 | Feature & Viewpoint

In the present time there are thousands of teenagers who experience the emotional stress or emotional problems. When questioned they say that they want somebody to talk to. A high percentage of teens -- nearly one-half -- had experienced some traumatic event in their adolescent years. Nearly one-fifth of the nation's teens are suffering from emotional disorders.

There may be different reasons contributing to such emotional disorders as some have faced violence and abuse in their lives and have enormous difficulty dealing with it. The result: clinical depression, even posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For others, the trouble is internal -- they battle an inherited anxiety disorder, triggered by troubling life experiences. Unfortunately, few adolescents are getting the psychological help they need. A practicing psychologist in Chandigarh, Reema states “such internal disorders are very common in children but if not taken care of at the right time can create big problems”.

The right time to check on such internal disorders is the moment parents start observing some different symptoms in their children. Most of the times parents tend to ignore such symptoms but however, they should not be doing so. It is very important to take your children seriously and understand their emotional needs.

Children need to be taught to have positive feelings and should be educated on emotional health. People with good emotional health are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel positive about themselves and have good relationships.

They can keep their problems in perspective. They have both self-awareness and self-control. Your child's teenage years can be a difficult time. Teens may feel overwhelmed by the Emotional and physical changes they are going through. At the same time, teens may be facing a number of pressures -¬ from friends to fit in and from parents and other adults to do well in school, or activities like sports or part-time jobs.

The teenage years are a time of transition from childhood into adulthood. Teens often struggle with being dependent on their parents while having a strong desire to be independent. They may experiment with new values, ideas, hairstyles and clothing as they try to define who they are. Although this may be uncomfortable for parents, it is a normal part of being a teenager.

Communicating your love for your child is the single most important thing you can do. Children decide how they feel about themselves in large part by how their parents react to them. For this reason, it's important for parents to help their children feel good about themselves. Don't ignore a problem in the hopes that it will go away. It is easier to cope with problems when they are small. This also gives you and your teen the opportunity to learn how to work through problems together. Emotional support is very essential for a child in his teens.

This is the time when the teen is growing and develops that tendency to be self dependent and feels that whatever he is doing is right. Such situations are very tender and need to be taken care of very carefully. Parents are the people who are most close to there children and they are the best people to understand the emotional needs of their children. Try getting friendly with your kids and understand that they are growing and are emotionally weak. They need all your love, support and above all understanding.

Is it a behavioral disorder such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), a pattern of negative, defiant, and disobedient behavior, or Conduct Disorder, where your child repeatedly and persistently violates rules and the rights of others without concern or empathy? Perhaps the most important question of all for parents to consider is, how much distress is your child’s problem causing you, the child, or other members of the family?

Just a bit of understanding and love can change things completely for you and your teens.