Anxiety & Phobia
Anxiety can encompass a huge range of worries - public speaking, visiting the dentist, exams... It's a complicated issue because someone without any worries at all would be a danger to themselves and others. But too much can make things very difficult, and phobias can be totally debilitating.
As a practice we are often consulted by anxious teens. This is a time of huge physical and emotional changes. When we combine that with academic pressure and demands for increasing social skills it isn't surprising that sometimes teens feel overwhelmed. We work to understand the changes, recognise what normal worries are and problem-solve how to manage the anxiety. Teens have huge capacity for understanding and a natural drive to change things for the better. Sometimes they need help to unlock their skills.
RESOURCES FOR ANXIETY
The hands-down best thing I ever did for my kids was to get them exercising. By which, I mean literally, burning off the stress. Our bodies are built to outrun those sabre-toothed tigers. The stresses may have evolved from tigers to being no-good at spelling, or hating a party or having no friends on instagram. But our reactions haven't yet evolved so we still need to GET MOVING if we are going to fix any stress.
Anxiety becomes a problem when someone worries all the time, or finds that they are worrying about lots and lots of things in their everyday life. According to the charity Young Minds as many as one in six young people experience anxiety at some point. So it is very common, and also something that we can tackle.
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