“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe. No less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.”
The period of adolescence is known to be one of the two most critical phases of brain development in a person’s life span. The brain is exploding with new experiences, unfamiliar emotions, life transformations/transitions, etc. which means it’s working overtime trying to incorporate (‘hard wire’ into their brain if you will) these new learnings/experiences. Being an adolescent in today’s social world comes with so many unique challenges. And how the teenage brain hardwires these experiences can have long term effects (dependent on many factors). The good news is many more youth are very open to the idea of working with a therapist to address and improve their mental well-being.
Working with youth has been a very enlightening and long area of my professional practice.