Teenage Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety in Children
Teenagers are reported to be experiencing stress at astoundingly high levels, this increasing stress may result in anger, anxiety and depression as well as lowering self esteem and self confidence. It is possible that anxiety, low self esteem and depression will affect the school performance of teenagers by disrupting their thinking and impacting on their learning.
Hypnosis, Mindfulness and CBT are recognized as valid therapeutic interventions for a variety of problems faced by teenagers. Interest and usage of mindfulness based interventions for helping teenagers cope with anxiety and depression is growing. There is a need to help teenagers with a practical yet simple means of combating stress, anxiety, and the pressures that they are facing. Mindfulness based strategies along with hypnosis can empower teenagers, supporting them in dealing with the difficulties they are facing in a non-threatening, easy to understand and powerfully effective way.
Research suggests that mindfulness training for teenage anxiety and depression can reduce stress significantly, improve self-confidence, relationships with others, attention, optimism, and self esteem. Other studies have also suggested that mindfulness based approaches may be also suitable for behaviour problems as well as teenage anxiety and depression. Mindfulness may enhance school performance, cognitive and academic performance. This type of approach appeals to teenagers because they are self management techniques, empowering teenagers to take control of the way they are feeling. Simple but so easy to implement and my experience suggests that teenagers find the method easier to grasp than CBT alone.
As an approved consultant Hypnotherapist I have a current DBS certificate for your peace of mind and I am also a member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Symptoms of Teenage Anxiety and Depression Anxiety in Children
- Feeling shaky, dizzy, nauseous, feeling faint
- Breathing fast or finding it hard to breathe
- Heart beating fast, sweating, tense muscles
- Feeling scared
- Feeling panicky
- Feeling embarrassed or ashamed
- Not having the confidence to try new things,face challenges or even carry on as normal
- Losing the confidence to do previously enjoyed activities
- Finding it hard to concentrate
- Having problems sleeping or eating
- Having angry outbursts
- Feeling out of control
- Being preoccupied by worries and negative thoughts
I have produced a series of high quality hypnotherapy and mindfulness meditations recordings specifically designed for teenagers and older children. Used regularly these hypnosis audio downloads and mindfulness recordings can help to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. leading to an improved sense of wellbeing, calmness and confidence. Using the sleep version at night to improve sleep which will lead to better concentration at school.