Dr. Naila Sadaat threw some light on psychological problems that youngsters are facing these days

If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness or stress impact your physical health, then think IMG_0205again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and weakened immune system. Social Diary took an exclusive interview of Dr. Naila Sadaat (Psychologist), where she shared her valuable and authentic views relevant to youth’s anxiety, depression and psychological problems that arriving now days; so how to get out of it…here you can see!

Q: Due to excess of anxiety, depression and stress, mostly youngsters face some psychological problems these days, so what are the main reasons of it plus suggest some home remedies/solutions to get out of it???

Depression in youth is an increasingly recognized problem.
The child’s problems are often multi-factorial and the way in which they are expressed may be influenced by a range of factors including developmental stage, family history, genetic factor, temperaments, culture and environment, child abuse, coping and adaptive abilities of family, the nature and the duration of stress. Teens do not always display their reactions to events immediately, although they may emerge later. In stressful situations, young children will tend to react with lessened psychological symptoms such as feeding and sleeping disturbances. Older children may exhibit relationship disturbances with friends and family, poor school performance, behavioral regression to an earlier developmental stage. When children are chronically anxious, even the most understanding parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child to suffer, actually aggravate the youngster’s anxiety. It happens when parents, anticipating a child’s fears, try to protect them. You know your child. You know when things have changed, don’t ignore it. If you feel your child is suffering from depression, then the first thing you should do is talk to them, try to find out what’s troubling them, whatever’s causing the problem, don’t underestimate it. It may not be a big deal to you, but it could be a major problem for your child. If you’re still worried after talking to them, if it’s something that requires further treatment, there are several options, including counseling for children, family therapy, which is a type of talking therapy. The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety, but to help a child manage it; the best way to help, overcome anxiety isn’t to try to remove stressors that trigger it. It’s to help them learn to tolerate their anxiety and function as well as they can, even when they’re anxious. And the anxiety will decrease over time. Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious. When helping children, just avoid the things they are afraid of and make them feel better in the short-term, but it reinforces the anxiety over the long-run. Express positive but realistic expectations. You can’t promise a child that the fears are unrealistic. But you can express confidence that it’s going to be ok; they will be able to manage it, and that, as they face their fears, and as they continue to have contact with the stressor fears. An anxiety level will drop over time.
Encourage your children to talk about their feelings, let your young children knows that you appreciate the work it takes to tolerate anxiety in order to do what they want or need to do. Youth are perceptive, and they’re going to take it in if you keep complaining that you can’t handle the stress or the anxiety. I’m not saying to pretend that you don’t have stress and anxiety, but let kids hear or see you managing it calmly, tolerating it, feeling good about getting through it!



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