older kids mama
in Raising Teenagers
January 14 2022
Recently, a mom reached out about her teenager having severe anxiety. To the point of not being able to attend school.
Covid has done a number on all of us, but teens have been hit especially hard. They were told that it wasn't safe enough to go to school last year, but they're "frontline heroes" when they go to their jobs serving fast food and coffee!
My own kids have struggled this year. I haven't always known what to do to help them and I'm sure at some points I made it worse.
I often feel lost when dealing with these sensitive issues because I'm not a psychiatrist!
How are you helping your teens deal with depression and anxiety? Do you have any favourite resources?
I’ve heard that CBT therapy is good. I can’t imagine how hard it is to have 3 teens with anxiety. I mean, most kids probably have some since the pandemic, but it sounds like you’re dealing with something more extreme. Sending you a big hug!💗
It is so hard!! my teen was having trouble pre-covid. At the start of the pandemic I was able to get him into counseling. It helped so much. But I often don’t know what to say and whatever I do say is usually the wrong thing.
It is so hard! I have three teens, all have been blessed with anxiety and are all different. My oldest refuses any kind of therapy or treatment at all (she is over 18) My younger 2, 14 & 13, meet with a therapist for CBT once a week over Zoo. It has been so helpful!
That's so awesome. One of my kids started therapy and it's helped, too. It's so hard when they're struggling with their mental health AND they have the lovely teenager hormones at the same time. I wouldn't feel so bad about not knowing what to say- the fact that you try to keep communicating is the main thing :)