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Premature babies have an increased risk to develop socio-emotional problems. Teenagers start gaining emotional skills as babies and gain new skills as they get older. All teens struggle with controlling their emotions due to the flood of hormones but those that have emotional dysfunction have a more difficult time.
Teenage emotional skills include the following:
Emotional dysfunction is the extreme side of not being able to manage emotions and difficulty calming down when upset and in teenagers might include:
You can help by guiding your teenager and encouraging positive behaviours to help them learn to behave in appropriate ways. Teaching them breathing and relaxation techniques can help with self-regulation. You can talk to them about emotional intelligence, discussing what it means and asking them questions such as how do you feel about that to make them aware of their feelings. You can teach your teenager to be resilient by helping them to be comfortable with their feelings and to be able to express themselves.
You should seek support and treatment from your GP, a Counsellor or Psychologist. Medicating is always a concern but, in some cases, medication combined with therapy is more beneficial than therapy alone.
Questions for your Health Care Team:
It is difficult seeing your teenager not being able to regulate their emotions and it can affect the whole family. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist will help ease the anxiety and will give the parents coping strategies and activities to help your teenager and you.
“A child whose behaviour pushes you away is a child who needs connection before anything else”
- Kelly Bartlett