Medical diseases affect millions on a daily basis and children are not exempt from this either. When a child would get ill or sick, parents find that it’s hard to know how to deal with it, especially when they have done their best to protect their child. In truth, when teens face a disease, whether it’s a fairly minor one or a life-changing disease, it’s a scary time. They still don’t know how to cope with it and so this is the time for the parents to step up and help them deal with their situation. To find out more about how you can help your teen cope with their disease, read on—you might find some useful suggestions.
Encourage them to talk to you or someone about their condition
Dr. Aaron Kaplan, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist once stated, “Why talk about your problems including mental health challenges? Just talking about your situation to someone can reduce your stress and help you feel better.” Teens need to speak about their condition. The child must understand the condition fully and what ramifications it can have on their life short and long-term. For example, if the child has a chronic illness, they must be able to understand what it means for them now and in the future. It doesn’t hurt to talk to someone about their feelings or their condition. Teens might not always open up to you but it’s important to try and encourage them to speak, even just to a close family friend. This can potentially help them cope with the condition they’re facing and hopefully lead them to understand how much support there really is around them.
Look at support groups
There are many different types of support groups available today. If your child is suffering from a certain disease or condition, you can look for support groups in that area. This would be a useful way to help the teen cope with their condition and to show there are many others like them. It’s a scary time and while teens will be less inclined to take notice of their condition, it’s important for them to do so. Being aware of their condition can make a huge difference for them later in life. Support groups can help a teen come to terms with what has happened and talk to those in the same position as them. As Psychotherapist Ali Miller, MFT explains, “[T]here is encouragement to both talk about your life outside the group and also to talk about the dynamics within the group.”
Another great solution to help your teen cope with his or her disease is counseling. Now, you might think this is not the best option but it can actually be the most effective, especially if the child doesn’t want to talk to your or anyone at home. What’s more, some teens (as well as most adults) find that talking to a professional such as a therapist or a doctor is a convenient way to express their feelings. This is truly something that can be more than useful for them. Ryan Mebust – LMFT often says, “We all experience obstacles in life that keep us from feeling and being whole. Many have found counseling as a way to invest in themselves, their relationships, or their families in order to support a better or new meaning on life.”
Help your teen
Teens diagnosed with a medical disease or condition can often find that they struggle to cope. It’s a scary thing for a young child to face an illness and sometimes they can go well off-the-rails as an initial reaction. However, there are many simple ways in which you can help your teen cope with their condition. The above are just a few suggestions but there is much more to consider. Help your teen cope with their condition today.