As a teenager or young adult you’ve already had a delicious taste of independence. Working and having some of your own cash or ATM card or perhaps you’re already driving and have more freedom to come and go. Some of you are already in college and have experienced the excitement of living on your own for a while.
The kids I see often have some of the following stresses:
- School demands and frustrations
- Taking on too many activities
- Having too high expectations
- Negative thoughts and feelings about themselves
- Problems with friends and/or peers at school
- Changes in their body
- Chronic illness in the family
- Parental conflicts, or separation and divorce
- Death of a loved one
- Moving or changing schools
- Family financial problems
Sound familiar? That’s because many of these worries are normal problems that many kids have. Some of the stresses you have more control over than others.
Sometimes, though, the normal stresses and pressure of your life as a teenager start to become overwhelming and turn into worries that can make you feel helpless and hopeless. Young people don’t have all the tools to cope with them.
That’s where counseling can be helpful.