Unhealthy vs Healthy: Teens Coping with Loss

Teens coping with loss experience things a little differently than adults. As adults, we’ve usually dealt with the loss of at least one loved one by the time we’re in our mid-twenties. While you may know how to work through your grief and loss effectively, a teenager may not.

As a teen, things are already chaotic and dramatic. Adding an extra dose of anxiety to the mix can cause things to tip out of balance without the right amount of guidance and support. There are healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with grief–but knowing how to recognize if your teen is heading towards the unhealthy way is the important part.  

Helping teens coping with loss

Grief is a natural and human response to loss. There’s nothing wrong with feeling grief after the loss of opportunities, friendships, relationships, and loved ones. There is something wrong with letting that emotion completely run wild and disrupt your life completely, though. When someone–particularly a teen–isn’t equipped to properly cope with loss, grief can morph from something normal to something dangerous.

teens coping with lossIt has the power to get in the way of daily life and toss an individual into a deep depression–which is why it’s important to help your teen understand the healthy ways to work through their grief.

One thing to remember is that loss doesn’t necessarily refer to death. Loss can be something that seems small to you–the parent–but huge to your teen. For example, a best friend stabbing your teen in the back by telling her secrets to others in school. This may seem like not that big of a deal to you, but to her it could be earth shattering. It’s important to keep this in mind.

For teens coping with loss, it’s essential to be non-judgemental and offer your support. Make it known that you’re always there to talk if they need you–no matter what. They may take up this opportunity or not, it’s best not to force it.

As a parent, it’s critical to keep your eyes open for any signs of deeper issues forming. Some common signs could be an extended period of depression, issues sleeping, loss of appetite, withdrawal from friends and family, or sudden drops in school performance.

If you believe your daughter is struggling with grief, trauma, or any other mental health issue, it’s critical to seek out help as soon as possible. Early intervention and treatment is the key to success in these cases–don’t wait until it’s too late.

Elevations is here for your family

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. Our students often grapple with anxiety, defiance, trauma, depression, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral issues.

At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. Issues with anger management for teens can be difficult for a family, which is why Elevations is here to help guide you through it.

For more information about how we help teens coping with loss at Elevations RTC, please call (855) 290-9681.

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