The teenage years are typically a very social time. Teens tend to gravitate toward others of their same age, building their skills of interacting independently with the world around them. When a teen becomes isolated, they lose this opportunity to mature and grow. It is important as a parent to recognize the symptoms and signs of teen isolation to help their child develop healthy relationships.
Teen isolation is often linked with depression or anxiety; it can be a sign of depression or a cause. Teens that are depressed may isolate themselves from family, friends and classmates. Likewise, a teen that feels isolated may become depressed. In either case, getting to the root cause is important to help your teen overcome this social hurdle. Symptoms of teen isolation can include:
- Your teen drops out of groups, activities or social events they once enjoyed
- They stop hanging out or communicating with their friends
- Your teen spends excessive time alone in their room
- You notice your teen avoids social interactions – they may even become physically ill
Treatment for Teen Isolation
Treating teen isolation involves more than encouraging your teen to participate in family or group activities. While for mild forms of isolation, this may work, if their isolation is working in tandem with depression, they may need professional treatment. Finding the root cause of their isolation and working through these issues is key to helping them reconnect with the world around them.
If depression is causing the isolation, therapy or counseling may be the right treatment option. Yet for others, being around others that are experiencing similar issues can be the best way to begin rebuilding their social network. Wilderness programs and other teen therapies can help address isolation; the trick is finding the right treatment for your teen.
Nathan’s Waypoint was designed to help you uncover the best path to wellness for your unique child. If you are concerned that your child is experiencing teen isolation as a symptom of debilitating anxiety, contact us today to learn more about our program and how we can help you find the right treatment or therapy for your teen.