These Six Demands Are Great For Your Child To Understand
(Ki Sung Park) As children, the majority of us didn’t experience clinical depression, anxiety, alcoholism, addictions or any of the physical illnesses that we later face when adults. Until about ages 18, we are children full of energy, development and fun, but one day our youth shows signs of starting to ebb.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, the onset of negative emotions including negative mood, hopelessness, guilt, anger, despair and stress are more common in adolescents than adults. Yet these same issues that are present in young adults can resurface later in life.
How can this be? Quite simply, adolescents and young adults feel lonely and alone in a world of grownups and adulthood. As early as the elementary school years, children begin to develop inner fears and real feelings that we didn’t necessarily expect our children to experience until adulthood. So what is it exactly that these feelings bring?
According to psychologist Dr. Dan Siegel, adolescent and young adult mental health problems can arise when teens and young adults experience a string of experiences with intense fear, stress, guilt and distrust. What many adults don’t realize is that we aren’t always able to recognize the symptoms of these inner-trauma and ultimately these issues can carry into adulthood when people start to face life.
Dr. Siegel believes these symptoms often require the “waking-up call” of a serious behavioral or mental health problem, which may occur at any age. However, it is often on a more serious level, which can result in illness or addiction.
In the case of teen depression, anxiety or other negative emotional issues, Dr. Siegel suggests a number of ways to treat the symptoms if they are noticed:
The emphasis is often on treating the symptoms as a symptom and not something that is caused by an underlying illness. Some parents may opt to limit the activities of their child in an attempt to keep them feeling well. To some extent, this is not a solution because it suggests that the child can’t control the symptoms. The best method for managing the symptoms is for the child to learn to control their emotions. In this case, learning to learn to express themselves to their parents, a teacher or a peer with compassion may be the best method. A therapist may also be very beneficial for this type of situation as the child can benefit from therapy to learn coping skills for dealing with fear and stress.
Addiction issues can be quite painful, because just by witnessing the drug addict, you would think that the addiction is so important and defining of the individual. In reality, it is the same addiction for someone who is pursuing happiness and making goals in life that can, at times, be taken away from you.
In that sense, addiction is a mental health issue that develops in a physical way, so it is quite possible to have the symptoms of mental illness without being affected by drug use. In fact, one can learn ways to manage their emotions without emotional baggage and addiction by learning to listen to and respond to their inner voice. Mental health issues are usually very hard to determine, as one doesn’t usually feel this distress when they are younger or in their early teens.
Finally, it is important to remember that medication is never the best or only method for managing symptoms. Individuals struggling with an emotional or mental health issue may need a combination of approaches, medications included, to stop the negative emotions and have their lives be filled with happiness, hope and appreciation.
Source: Ki Sung Park