When you are stuck in the repetitive cycle of a compulsive disorder, you might feel hopeless and wonder if life could get better. Not only does compulsive behavior destroy your relationships, but it also shutters your focus at work and school. Furthermore, if not dealt with appropriately, it can last longer than expected and cause irreversible damage in your life.
Although uncontrollable compulsive behaviors persist as a common issue among teenagers and young adults, effective compulsive behavior therapy is accessible to anyone who needs help.
It is an uphill battle to regain the feeling of control over your life when you suffer from uncontrollable urges and habitual habits. However, do not be disheartened because you are not alone. We are here to help you cut loose these destructive patterns with the right tools.
What Factors Can Lead to Teenage Compulsive Behaviors?
Being a teenager, you tend to be curious about things and experimentation becomes your guide as you learn. The transition into young adults comes with the assertion of independence, through defining your hobbies, choice of friends, and style. While this happens, peer pressure and curiosity can creep in as factors leading to risky behavior. The experiments can also lead to negative habitual behavior. Teenagers are prone to compulsive behavior and can develop it without realizing it.
The Origins of Teenage Compulsive Behavior
The daily stressors of life can be overwhelming to teenagers that lack emotional skills and coping mechanisms. To cope with issues such as anxiety, depression, and family, they turn to risky behavior.
Other factors that cause compulsive behavior include family history and genetic predisposition.
Compulsive disorders do not come out of thin air. They result from underlying mental issues, trauma, or an escape from stressors caused by relationships, school, or family issues. While these habitual behaviors appear to temporarily alleviate the pain, they only worsen the underlying mental health issues as time goes by.
In therapy, together with the teenager, our qualified therapist identifies the issues that contribute to their compulsive behaviors.
What are The Signs Of a Problem
Finding out whether a teenager or a family member has compulsive behavior is difficult. The signs vary depending on the severity of the behavior and the risk. Nonetheless, there are ways to determine if there is a problem.
- Unusual changes in behavior including moodiness, depression, a change in sleeping patterns, and behavioral issues at school lead to a drop in academic performance.
- Physical signs include bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, impaired motor control, and poor coordination. Persistent illness such as nausea, dizziness, and coughing.
- Rapid changes in diet, sudden loss or gain in weight, and lack of appetite.
- Ignorance of personal hygiene, including avoiding showering or grooming.
- Withdrawal from society – friends and family members.
In case you notice these signs, consult a qualified therapist.
Counseling for Compulsive disorders
The fundamental tool used by compulsive disorder therapists to counsel against substance abuse is talk therapy. Usually, to help your teenager cope with life stressors and avoid compulsive behavior, talk or behavioral therapy is applied alone. In some cases, a combination of talk therapy and another method of treatment is used.
It is recommended that teenagers attend therapy sessions with a parent or a family member. By tagging along a family member, we can help break down the issue at home that leads to these self-destructive behaviors. Also, we can develop tools to apply at home together as a family to achieve recovery.
Is counseling effective for teens and young adults?
Counseling teenagers through talk therapy is very effective in recovery from compulsive disorders. Talk therapy helps teenagers identify the contributing factors to destructive patterns and develop tools to cope with mental health issues and life stressors.
Throughout our lives, we have to manage compulsive behaviors. Once you get the tools needed to make healthier choices, the challenge will not seem impregnable. If you embark on a counseling journey with support from family and friends, freedom from compulsive behavior is accomplishable.