Anxiety in Teens is on the rise.
Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the last 25 years. ( The independant, Feb 2016).
There is more and more pressure on pre teens and teenagers with exams (from SATS to A levels), social media and peer pressure to name a few.
Some Complementary Alternative Medicines (or CAM) are considered helpful and safe for children by reducing anxiety, improving mood and concentration, helping with sleep and pain. (goodtherapy.org)
The most popular ones are aromatherapy, massage, Reiki and dietary changes. They work particularly well along meditation, yoga and tai-chi. These treatments help with the physical pain ( body changing, time spent lying down while texting…) and the emotional pain ( anxiety with body change, pressure of revisions….)
As always, CAM does not replace traditional medicine and doctors and nurses must be kept informed especially with children with medical and/ or psychological illnesses.
I am DBS checked so can work with children but a parent/ carer must be present for children under 16.