Something’s up…TIME‘s getting much better!
I highly recommend the Nov. 7, 2016 issue. (Go to your dentist’s office to locate a copy if all else fails…)
The cover story by Susanna Schrobsdorff, “Anxiety, Depression, and the American Adolscent” will open your eyes with tears and concern.
The piece is well written, except for…
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First, I mention this not only as a Christian, but as the son of a psychiatrist and as one who majored in psychology in college.
Schrobsdorff’s point that she’s dealing with: “The Kids Are Not All Right.” This is not jaw-dropping news to most folks who live around people. But the description about what’s happening to teens on higher economic levels (her main focus) is concisely described with charts and narrative. A shocking number of adolescents are “cutting themselves” not only to commit suicide, but the relieve themselves from emotional pain, which many learn about from others through our technological wonderland.
This is just one example.
Many, many kids, unknown to others live in a personal emotional hell that their parents and teachers are totally unaware of. One datum: Teens ages 13 to 18, 6,300,000 of them, have had an “anxiety disorder” (a term that, of course, needs defining) in 2015. That’s 25% of them.
One psychiatrist, Fadi Haddad, offers 5 suggestions (that need more explaining than what’s here):
(1) Talk (with kids) about the real stuff.
(2) Pay attention, but don’t smother them.
(3) Resist getting angry.
(4) Don’t put off getting help.
(5) Treat the whole family.
I don’t disagree with this, but I can’t help but notice that one key thing has been ignored: the spiritual dimension–not just general stuff, but the dimension that serious Christians are well aware of.
In my years in evangelical Christian churches, and teaching high school students in Sunday School and working with them in youth groups, I’ve seen how God and Bible can have a real positive effect on teen behavior.
I heartily agree with the “5” above, but sharing with kids news about the power of God can have a positive effect on what’s bedeviling children–and their parents–today.
I will only add this: Ask questions often. And let kids ask questions. Don’t lie to them. Always tell the truth, and if you don’t have an answer or a good response to what they ask, say so.