Today’s teen girls experience stressors different from those of their parents. The level of busyness they experience is incredible. They feel the expectations to excel in school, taking more AP classes than they feel capable of handling and complete many hours of homework each night. They volunteer and participate in extra-curriculars and club sports in hopes of earning scholarships. They do this while navigating the social networks of high school and finding a peer group that fits well for them. They do all of this while being accessible to their friends and social media around the clock.
They are sleeping less, have little down-time, and are often disconnected from their parents and siblings outside of the logistics of daily life. This results in the majority of teen girls feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, perfectionistic, and having low self-esteem and self-confidence. Many begin to experience panic, resulting in isolation and withdrawal from family and friends.
Often we an forget that our teens are not emotionally equipped for this overload of demands. Often they look mature, excel academically, and are quite articulate. However, emotion regulation and emotional intelligence are quite different from academic prowess or IQ. They will not have a full prefrontal cortex until 25 years of age and they need the trusted adults in their lives to assist them in compensating for that lack frontal lobe development during the teens and early college years.
If your teen daughter is struggling with overwhelm, anxiety, or depression, we are here to help! Your daughter can learn how to set healthy boundaries around her time and relationships, manage her energy in a way that serves her well, and increase her self-confidence in the process. Your daughter does not have to suffer. Contact us today!