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Help for a Young Teen with Social Anxiety
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Fourteen-year-old Andrew came to the Child Guidance Clinic in Groton, CT, after his parents noticed a sudden shift in his motivation and in his ability to do things he normally loved. Andrew and his parents felt this change “come out of nowhere”, and they were concerned for him.
Before I met Andrew, he’d been involved in basketball and baseball. He was a very good student and had a large group of good friends. He socialized often and in positive ways. But by the time I met him, Andrew had failed his classes and stopped attending school. He had ceased spending time with his friends, and he had quit his sports teams.
After a few sessions, Andrew began opening up to me. He said he felt paralyzed with anxiety about riding the bus, being in crowds, and being away from home. Over time he was able to identify that his underlying fears stemmed from his parents arguing at home. I helped him work through these fears and encouraged him to explain them to his parents. Andrew learned to communicate with his parents and to cope with family conflict. Soon he returned to school, re-joined his sports teams, and began socializing with friends once again.
It was an honor to work with Andrew and to help him find the strength of family. As a professional at Child & Family Agency, I’m glad that I have the chance to be a part of his growth and well-being.
*At Child and Family Agency we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names, identifying details, and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.