"Encountering a teenager with low self-esteem can be heartbreaking. It"s especially heartbreaking if it"s your own teen. One of the top things that can contribute to depression and anxiety in teenagers is low self-worth. In this blog post, I am going to discuss practical ways you can help a teenager with low self-esteem. A negative self-view comes from negative thought patterns about oneself. A teenager with low self-esteem might worry about their weight, appearance, grades or perceived intellect. Given that there are a variety of issues that a teenager might struggle with, helping to normalize the experience is a must. Letting teenagers know that they are not alone is one of the biggest bits of help in my practice. I often provide them education surrounding the stats of how many teens struggle with negative self-talk and perception. A great place to start is dosomething.org.nother way to help teens with low self-esteem is to simply validate how they are feeling. Often times teens feel as if they are completely isolated, that no one knows what they are experiencing. Simply validating their struggles ( not the negative thinking but their experiences) can be a refreshing thing. Empathy goes a long way with teenagers. Letting them know that you are listening by saying things like "It sounds like you feel alone" or "It must be really hard to feel left out.""
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