By nature, we think of teens as social creatures, right? Thus, when we notice that our sons or daughters are distancing themselves from social situations, we have to wonder if their social isolation is by chance or choice.
For children ages 8-18, “screen time” has always been a part of their lives. Thus, when it comes to Internet Addiction, there is a growing concern among this specific age group, with an average of 44 hours per week being spent in front of screens. While some children classify themselves as “gamers,” others are spending their time with other internet-based activities such as social networking, instant messaging, and blogging.
With ever-increasing demands and pressures, the teenage years are a delicate time where many question who they are and where they fit in. For parents, it may be difficult to determine if your child is experiencing normal teenage insecurities, or if there is an underlying causes that is greater and more serious.
There’s no doubt that awareness of bullying has gained momentum across the United States, particularly from those brave enough to step forward. While removal from the situation is often the remedy, more and more studies are beginning to confirm that there are lingering effects, even into adulthood, for those that bully, for those that are bullied, and for those that play both roles.
At Nathan’s Waypoint, we’ve helped families find a new normalcy, guiding their teen with familial support to help him or her find their place in life. Sometimes, this means through a referral to a psychiatric hospital or inpatient clinic.
Adolescence is an increasingly stressful time for both your son or daughter, and you as a parent. How can you be sure whether or not what your child is going through is normal, or if it’s something more severe like clinical depression or anxiety?