Over the last few weeks a few parents have made appointments for me to see their teenagers as they were not sleeping well and were feeling extremely anxious about their forthcoming exams. As well as feeling anxious some were also showing signs of anger and frustration.
At a critical time when teenagers are under the most pressure of their young lives it can be big worry to both parents and teenagers.
So how do I treat a case like this? I adopt the same approach as I do with all my cases and take a case history. I talk to the teenager and find out what it is that they are worried about and again this shows how different we all are, some examples of the responses are:-
- I am worried I won’t remember everything I’ve learnt
- I cannot fail and need to pass my exams
- I can’t see the point of exams and it’s a waste for me but I have to do them and it makes me angry
- I need to pass because my brothers did
I then ask what happens when they are trying to sleep. Again we are all different and it is important that I listen carefully to what they tell me. Here are some examples:-
- I just can’t fall to sleep
- I wake up in the very early hours and can’t go back to sleep
- I wake up with all the information bursting in my head
- I go to bed late and come the morning I just don’t want to get out of bed
- I wake up anxious and with butterflies
The important thing to notice here is how individual we all are and one size does not fit all. Sometimes a parent will ask me what should they give to their child or teenager for a certain condition but depending on how their symptoms are manifesting there are various remedies to fit each person and their individual symptoms.
A worry of the parents was they didn’t want the homeopathic remedy to cause a reaction, which in some instances it can, so I treated each teenager very gently with a daily remedy which could be stopped at any time should any reactions occur. One parent has already reported that their teenager is sleeping and coping better, I’ve not heard from the others but am hoping life is much calmer for them all and they will do well in their exams.
Whilst I can’t help anyone to pass their exams I can certainly help them to feel better and hopefully get a good night’s sleep. If only everyone knew how effective this wonderful form of medicine was.
If you are worried about your child or teenager not just for exams stress, it could be for anxieties, eating disorders, tummy problems, please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat to see how I may be able to help.