Adolescent Mental Health & COVID-19
Growing up in Vancouver can be hard enough without the added challenge of dealing with a global pandemic. Adolescence is already a time of emotional, physical, cognitive and social change. A growing sense of self and need for autonomy redefines family interaction and relationships.
Then covid-19 restrictions, such as social distancing, create additional hurdles. The cancellation of events and changes to routine are upsetting and disorienting. Friends, activities and other means of support are cut-off. All of this can leave teens frustrated and isolated.
We all know the teenage years are challenging. At what point do we seek help? If you feel your teen’s behaviour is putting them at risk, or is outside the norm, teen counselling can help. Talking to an adolescent counsellor provides young people with an opportunity to feel supported and understood. It helps them develop skills to successfully navigate a new social landscape modified by coronavirus concerns.
Here are some of the common issues that are bringing teens to adolescent counsellors in Vancouver, during the Covid-19 outbreak:
- Changes in mood or behaviour
- Low self-esteem
- Anger management
- Communication issues
- Relationship challenges
- Isolation & withdrawal
- Oppositional or Acting-out behaviour
The experience of growing up in this unprecedented covid-19 landscape is difficult for both the child and the adults supporting them. When seeking teen counselling or child counselling in Surrey, be sure to find someone that possesses substantial knowledge of adolescent development and issues, as well as the ability and experience to connect in a way that is meaningful and comfortable for a teenager. They should take into account the individual needs, issues and circumstances of the adolescent as well as the social, familial and peer environments and relationships.