5 MUST KNOW About Your Daughter’s Anxiety
WHY is my daughter experiencing anxiety?
Your daughter could be experiencing anxiety for multiple reasons.
- If your daughter has high expectations for her future she may experience anxiety especially around 10th – 12th grade. They are aware that colleges and universities are seeking out new students and want to ensure they get in!
2. Fear of change
- Whether your daughter is moving to a new city or adjusting from elementary school to middle school they may be scared of the change. In this case, adjustments for your daughter can possibly be experienced as a trauma especially if they have a bad history of entering a new scholar city in the past.
- Learning to balance school assignments, group projects, homework, on-line homework and individual projects can be overwhelming for your daughter. Particularly if your daughter was absent from school and is behind on school work or decided to not fully commit to the assignments were given and it’s the end of the semester.
4. Feeling stuck
- Experiencing a new break up or conflict with her close friends your daughter may be feeling stuck on a current issue and not know how to move forward. In these cases, your daughter (although you give her the best advice) does not feel she can confide in someone to help her through it.
5. Social Issues
- If you daughter is within the 22% of students who get bullied according to the National Center for Education Statistics, then she may have social issues in school leading to high criticism and low self-esteem. Combining those two issues, your daughter may experience anxiety as she may feel “unwanted” by social circles and having difficulty maintaining friendships.
WHERE does anxiety impact my daughter?
Anxiety impacts your daughter mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Mentally your daughter may be battling with negative self-talk. Believing she is not strong or good enough because she cannot overcome anxiety.
Psychically your daughter may feel anxiety in various parts of her body. A few symptoms are racing heart, sweaty palms, tight stomach, nausea, tight chest, etc.
Emotionally she may feel drained and unable to perform because she is either avoiding a situation or cannot move past the physical symptoms of anxiety.
WHAT kind of help can I get for my daughter?
There are multiple self care practices you can teach your daughter to help reduce anxiety. However, keep in mind that self-care practices must be performed consistently for effectiveness and is better learned when it is modeled by a parent or guardian.
There are also different professional therapies such as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist and Social Workers.
Lastly, there is also medicine in which you should discuss with your daughter’s primary care doctor or a local Psychiatrist.
WHEN should I take my daughter in for professional help?
– If your daughter reports she needs to speak to a professional.
– If your daughter reports having panic or anxiety attacks (i.e. feeling like she is dying and medical records show she is healthy, heart is racing quickly, etc).
– If you’ve tried to give all the good advice you can and nothing has changed.
– If she is suffering from stomach pain or vomiting often and she is not having sexual intercourse and her Primary Doctor reports she is healthy.
WHO would work best with my daughter?
Before we discuss who would work best with your daughter, first ensure that your daughter will be open to talking to someone.
If you decide to take your daughter to a professional, you would want to make sure your daughter will be able to relate with them. Imagine you seek help for yourself and your therapist only speaks a foreign language. You would have to relate on body language to communicate right?
Well the complaint I get the most from my teenage clients is that they did not feel heard or understood with some other therapist. Therefore, they only told them what they wanted to hear and there was no progress.
If your daughter cannot be her complete self in front of her therapist, it will be more difficult or take longer to see results, if at all.
At Bloom Sooner, we pride ourselves in understanding your teenager where they are and exploring solutions that better fit their unique needs. Every teenager is different and need different approaches and Bloom Sooner understands the importance of that to help your child succeed.
I hope this provided you more information about your daughter’s anxiety. If you enjoyed this article please share and if you are locally in Miami-Dade or located in Coral Gables, Bloom Sooner specializes in working with teenage girls and women who feel anxious and overwhelmed. To make an appointment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-519-4375.
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