There’s a great deal of pressure on young adults, and they don’t necessarily have the right framework or foundation for effective coping strategies and skills. As a result, youth may engage in unhealthy coping strategies such as isolation, substance abuse or self harm. And there can be a great deal of anxiety.
With various pressures from others and themselves, teens can feel anxiety about what’s next. Unresolved anxiety then shows up in many ways, including behaviour such as absenteeism at school, or physically such as stomach aches. The fundamental driver of their stress and anxiety is that teenagers don’t really have the resources quite yet to deal with the complexities and pressures that they’re facing.
Talking about situations that trigger their anxiety and learning ways to cope and overcome the triggers are constructive ways to move forward and gain control over anxiety.