Teens Releasing Anxiety in a Healthy Manner-
From Dr. Michele Finneran-
“When a teen becomes overwhelmed and he or she has too much pressure, it may feel like no one can relate and the world is crashing down on him/her. It is so important to understand how some teens cope with their stress in a healthy way and unhealthy….so parents may be more aware and better informed.
Teens that have maladaptive ways of coping may begin to do the following:
– Cutting or Self-Harm
– Isolating self from family and friends
– Start experimenting with drugs and
alcohol, in order to numb what their
– Begin to lie, even about the smallest of
These are some maladaptive, coping behaviors that parents or guardians need to be aware of….as underlying issues such an paralyzing anxiety or depression can accompany these behaviors.
Some HEALTHY ways that teens can cope with stress or pressure are the following:
– Open communicating with family or a
– Arts and Crafts
– Therapeutic cleansing and cleaning of
To name a few, the above examples are healthy outlets.
In addition, some teens may need something tactile, that they can rub or touch to calm down. In my practice, I have soothing rocks that help teens…. when they rub them, the act of repetitious movement can help them feel settled. Also, having a positive phrase or mantra on the soothing rock can visually remind them of a positive affirmation.
If your teen is suffering from paralyzing anxiety and he/she is using maladaptive coping methods, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Michele Finneran with Vecc and Associates for a consultation to suggest some anxiety-reducing techniques.”