Youth Mental Health Day: Dealing with Anxiety in Young People
The pressure that young people face today continues to skyrocket.
Children and adolescents are living through a pandemic ridden with uncertainty. It has cut off their social contact and forced them to miss out on many milestones of youth – exams, graduations, birthday parties, new school terms, new friends, the list goes on...
As a result, parents share with us their concerns over their child’s addiction to technology – since there have been many months in the past two years in which children have been forced online just to hang on to some form of communication with their friends. Young people are being confronted with a world of social media that remains largely un-vetted and is largely beyond parental comprehension and control.
Simultaneously they continue to deal with academic expectations and exam frenzy.
The stress is enormous, and many are struggling to cope. We are seeing anxiety and other mental health problems on the rise, without effective support systems in place to help.
We cannot remove these stressors for young people – much as we would love to – but we can support the physiological impact that this strain is causing on the body and mind, and analyse other biomedical drivers of anxiety. We know that there are many factors – genetic nutrient imbalances, methylation patterns, sleep cycles – that can modulate the adrenal system and heighten the stress response, predisposing that person to poor stress control and emotional regulation. We know that the dopamine system (which is triggered by use of technology, and which is typically impaired in many behavioural or mental health disorders) is reliant on a number of ‘ingredients’ (nutrients – amino acids, vitamins, minerals) of which some are genetically prone to regulate poorly.
We work to remove those barriers which are within our control, using a diverse range of drug-free recommendations we are able to tailor to the individual to build emotional resilience. We often hear from clients how much of a relief it is to have their case analysed from a 360 perspective, taking all factors into account and targeting the underlying imbalances which predispose the child to stress and anxiety.