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By Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT, in conversation with Ariana King, senior at San Luis Obispo High School

Teen Mental Health Awareness and Burnout

By Sheila Achar Josephs, PhD

Most teens report feeling stressed out every so often, but for teens who chronically worry, the sense of being one step away from disaster never really goes away. Minor troubles are often blown out of proportion, leading to heightened anxiety and sometimes all-out panic attacks. Yet when parents try to coax teens to let go of their fears, their efforts are often met with resistance.

How do we get through to teens to stop the cycle of chronic worrying and anxiety? 

Most cognitive behavioral therapy approaches focus on aversive symptoms and problematic behaviors. This emphasis can limit the attention that’s paid to experiences that focus on growth and prosperity, such as a client’s culture and faith. Acceptance and commitment therapy, however, has a marked focus on values-based living, which aims to increase functionality by using values as a compass to do so.

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